Archive for July, 2011

Social story cards for teaching social skills to children with autism

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Typically children with autism have difficulties with social and communication skills this is due to the Triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits.
The Triad of autistic impairments affect three main areas of development: Social skills, Communication skills and Imagination skills.

It is these deficits that make it difficult for a child on the spectrum to interact socially and can make the child on the spectrum appear rude even aloof at times.
Treatments for autism ARE put in place to HELP overcome social skills deficits. Probably the most significant of the various treatments for autism available ARE “Social Skills Stories”

Generally social skills stories are written for a specific task or skill and WILL detail that skill or task in specific terms giving focus to the social cues.

Much like a Role Model or Visual Plan of the skill a breakdown of the skill or task into smaller sections like this video example of one of our social stories:

The social skills story aims to answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as How and to give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness for most autistic people.

Social story cards for teaching social skills to children with autism ARE social stories made simpler.

Social story cards are simply a social story broken into sections, with each section then put onto a separate card the cards are then shown individually like turning the pages of a book.

Social story cards for teaching social skills to children with autism ARE easy to USE, and can be put in place in the same manner as a regular social story.

To learn more and see a picture example of social story cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com where you will find a section dedicated to this simpler version of the regular social story.

Using visual support to teach hygiene in autism

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Unlike typically developing children a child on the spectrum WILL NOT naturally develop self-care skills, and WILL NEED direct teaching.

Typically individuals with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners, which means that they think in pictures and WILL respond better to teaching materials and strategies which ARE VISUAL.

Using visual support to teach hygiene in autism is essential in most instances, typically developing youngsters will people watch and pick up on self-care skills, but children with autism DO NOT people watch and in most instances WILL NOT naturally learn self-care skills. A good social skills story can HELP the child on the spectrum learn essential hygiene skills.

For most individuals with autism hygiene can be confusing and in some cases even a painful experience! This is due to social skills deficits and sensory processing difficulties.

Social skills deficits ARE present in ALL individuals with autism, but to varying degrees dependant on where the individual is on the autism spectrum scale.

Using visual support to teach hygiene in autism is beneficial. Visual supports such as “social skills stories” ARE USED to HELP children with autism understand and deal with situations or skills that they find difficult or confusing like: puberty, washing their teeth, visiting a dentist and so on.

The social skills story answers the “wh” questions who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and gives the young person with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which is an area of marked weakness in those on the spectrum.

Social skills stories will normally be written in first person text and is always written from the point of view of the young person with autism.

No two people on the spectrum are ever going to be the same and we all use different terminology, therefore the social skills story needs to be editable and easy to tweak.

To learn more about social stories for hygiene in autism and to see an example of social stories for hygiene in autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

Alternatively visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Visual support social stories for autism

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

 Typically individuals with autism WILL display deficits in social cognition, the ability to think in ways necessary for appropriate social interactions.

How will this affect your child?

 

The theory of mind tells us of the difficulties individuals with autism have in predicting the actions, thoughts, feelings and emotions of another person. This inability can be overcome using visual support social stories for autism which ARE used to help individuals with autism “read” and understand social situations.

Visual support social stories for autism present appropriate social behaviours in the form of a descriptive short story, a bit like a comic script.

Originally social stories were developed as a means of communication. Today, social stories ARE used for a wide variety of situations and skills. The social skills story WILL include answers to the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what allowing the child with autism to interact appropriately with others.

What are social stories?

 

The social skills story CAN help the child with autism practise or rehearse a situation or skill that they ARE having problems with for example asking questions, making friends, visiting a dentist and so on.

Commonly those with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners, this means that they think in pictures, and WILL respond better to visual information and instruction.

This concept is followed in visual support social stories for autism, which USE images or pictures to visually explain the skill or situation in terms of the relevant social cues, acting like a visual sep by step plan or role model.

Generally written by experts in autism the social skills story will normally follow a set pattern of four sentence types: Descriptive, Directive, Perspective and control.

As well as being visual the social story can HELP the child with autism OVERCOME many difficulties like puberty for example.

Social stories ARE generally written in first person text and from the autistic person’s point of view, the social skills story should be editable and easy to personalize as no two children with autism will ever be the same and we all use different terminology with our child.

If you would like to see an example social skills story and get immediate downloads of social stories for children with autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Social stories for preschool autism

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Starting preschool CAN be stressful and social stories ARE a great benefit helping pave the way for new beginnings and behaviours that the prechool autistic youngster may struggle to understand and master.

For preschool children with autism spectrum disorder and other related conditions social skills ARE NOT naturally learnt and WILL NEED direct teaching.

Teaching the unwritten rules of social behaviour CAN BE very difficult for parents, care givers and teachers. Consequently, strategies ARE put in place that WILL HELP teach the skills and behaviours that the preschool child with autism is struggling to understand, like for example, starting preschool, snack time, story time and so on.

Social stories for preschool autism ARE the perfect solution. The social story provides a visual framework or plan of the skill or behaviour in a manner that the preschool child with autism CAN understand.

Social stories are generally written in first person text and ARE normally VISUAL, using pictures or images to detail the skill or behaviour. Typically preschool children with autism spectrum disorder ARE visual thinkers and learners, meaning that they think in pictures, this concept is modelled in social skills stories.

A social skills story will answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the preschool child with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most preschool children with autism spectrum disorder.

A social skills story CAN BE implemented to deal with most skills, communication difficulties and behaviours and DO NOT need any formal training to use.

Developed around twenty years ago, social stories ARE today probably the most significant treatment for autism. The social skills story should follow a set formula of sentence type, descriptive, directive, perspective and control sentences.

To learn more about HOW social stories CAN HELP your preschool autistic youngster and to GET immediate downloads of social stories for preschool autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

 

Teach the autistic teen social skills using social stories for autistic teenagers

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

What are teens with autism spectrum disorder like? And what are the autism effects on teenagers?

The teenage years are for the vast majority of us our most social years.

But if you’re autistic they CAN be stressful and confusing. So how can YOU HELP your teen cope with this confusing period in their life.

The autism effects on teenagers are still similar to those displayed as a child. The teen on the spectrum will have difficulties with social situations, such as making friends, they will struggle to start and sustain conversations, may prefer to be alone, have difficulties joining in activities and lack imagination.

Many autistic teenagers can appear rude, aloof even in some cases withdrawn. However some autistic teens may be aggressive display tantrums, shout and generally be difficult to control which can cause stress within the classroom and home as the autistic teenager grows so does their strength and capabilities to be destructive.

For many teens with autism spectrum disorder lacking the ability to express their emotions like anger, fear and frustration in ways that are acceptable may cause difficulties, and a behaviour which was acceptable as a child may become inappropriate as the teen with autism spectrum grows older.

As their body alters and hormones rage many teens with autism spectrum disorder can become anxious and confused. The teen on the spectrum will have a lack of social understanding which can cause stress, coupled with a lack of understanding as to what is happening to them physically, this can be a recipe for disaster.

Treatments of autism that teach the autistic teen social skills are available and in the majority of cases prove successful.

Teenagers with autism respond well to help with social skills training. Research suggests that social skills training helps reduce the anxieties.

Teachers and parents of ASD teenagers use treatments of autism such as social stories for autistic teenagers to help them teach the autistic teen social skills and address communication difficulties, such as asking questions, respecting personal space, making friends, menstruation and so on.

The social skills story gives focus to the key points and helps the teenager with autism find answers and techniques for those situations they struggle with.

Social stories for autistic teenagers answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the teenager with autism an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others, which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals. The social skills story also helps to reduce anxieties and confusion.

A social skills story can be used to help with transitions, hygiene issues, puberty as well as less common issues like appropriate kissing and touching.

Social skills stories use visual images and appropriate first person text in a set formula to describe the situation or skills the ASD teen is finding difficult.

To find out more about how social skills stories will help you to teach the autistic teen social skills and address their communication difficulties visit and get downloads of social stories for autistic teenagers

Where you will find information on what are teens with autism spectrum disorder like and social stories for anyone caring for an ASD teen.

Social Skills Stories for Autistic Children

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Typical to all children with autism spectrum disorder are deficits in social skills. This is often referred to as the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits and can become a primary focus at school and in the home.

It is a lack of social awareness skills that can cause many children with autism to lack self-confidence.  However when the child’s social awareness skills are HELPED TO IMPROVE many parents and teachers report an increase in self-confidence with the autistic child.

Mostly children with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners, meaning they think in pictures and will gain more value from visual strategies rather than written, auditory or oral information.

Consequently visual strategies are believed to work best with Autism Spectrum Disorder Children. Social skills stories are used as visual strategies.

A social skills story is used to describe a situation or skill to the child on the spectrum. This WILL HELP to reduce anxieties, especially if the social story is being used to help with transitions, changes to routines or situations and skills the child on the spectrum finds stressful, confusing or CAN cause anxiety.

A social skills story will focus on a particular social situation or interaction and break it down into smaller easier to understand sections. The social skills story ACTS LIKE A ROLE MODEL or Visual plan providing VISUAL cues and information that the child with autism can understand.  

Social stories for autism answer the “wh” questions who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the child with autism an insight into the thoughts feelings and possible reactions they may expect from others.

The main goal of any social skills story should be to provide Autism Spectrum Disorder Children with a visual framework which will help reduce anxieties and stress for the child with autism.

Typically social skills stories for autistic children are written in first person text following a set tried and trusted formula, which was first developed around twenty years ago.

 Autism Spectrum Disorder Children CAN use social skills stories for autistic children to deal with most situation and skills that they are struggling with or that cause anxiety. For example social skills stories can be used to HELP deal with “puberty” hygiene issues, social awkwardness and communication difficulties.

It is not un-common for children with autism spectrum disorders to display social awkwardness for example, with social interactions, such as respecting personal space, having conversations, asking questions etc. Social skills stories for autistic children can be used to help deal with these issues.

Social stories should provide information for kids with autism about the feelings of others and the consequences of ignoring those feelings.

Using visual images and short pieces of first person text social stories should ALWAYS be written from the child’s point of view.

No two kids with autism will ever be the same and as we all use different terminology social skills stories need to be editable.

To learn more about implementing social stories and how you can download professional social skills stories for autistic children today visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

OR http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

 

Autism Visual Supports

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Commonly the vast majority of children with autism WILL struggle with the everyday tasks and skills that a typically developing individual will have NO PROBLEMS with, like for example making friends, asking questions appropriately, joining in play and so on.

It’s mainly due to the individuals social skills deficits which ARE common to ALL with Autism Spectrum Disorder and in many cases sensory processing issues that many children with autism have difficulties with otherwise “normal” skills and behaviours.

It is therefore recommended that using autism visual supports CAN be beneficial. Autism visual supports are designed specifically to help overcome some of the difficulties many children and young people with autism face daily.

Recent autism treatment research suggests that autism visual supports like visual support cards, social stories, PECS communication boards and visual schedules all HAVE a large part to play in the treatment and development of social and communication skills for many autistic kids.

Parents CAN NOW find sites offering autism visual supports which ARE run by parents and professionals that offer support and other autistic resources.

Sites which offer autistic resources can be found easily using search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing and through Directories.

The World CAN be a very confusing place to a child on the spectrum,   many of the everyday skills we take for granted  a child with autism CAN FIND difficult and stressful.

Typically many families with an autistic child can find even supposedly fun activities like visiting relatives, a trip to the shop, supermarket, buying new clothes can be difficult when you have a child on the autism spectrum.

Help, is what most families with an autistic child need as well as trusted supports that have been proven to work.  

Help such as social stories ARE beneficial. What are social stories?

Probably the most significant autism visual supports ARE social stories. A social story is much like a role model or visual plan used to describe a skill or situation in terms of relevant social cues and prompts.

Today social stories are EASY TO IMPLEMENT need no formal training to use and can be edited to suit all terminology and autistic kids no matter where on the spectrum scale they fall.

As one of the major autistic resources used to help teach, support and HELP individuals with autism to overcome social skills deficits social skills stories ARE available to download TODAY from sites like http://www.autismsocialstories.com

A social skills story will answer the important “wh” questions –  who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give an insight into the thoughts, emotions and nonverbal communications of others helping the autistic child get a handle on the skill or situation which can reduce tantrums, meltdowns and general stress for everyone.

So for example if the family want to visit Granny introducing a social skills story can help describe to the child with autism exactly what to expect reducing anxiety and what is expected of them reducing stress. The social skills story is editable, can be personalized, printed for convenience and is portable so can be popped into a bag making it an ideal autistic support.

Sites which offer IMMEDIATE ACCESS to autism visual supports like social stories and visual support cards for a minimal fee like: http://www.autismsocialstories.com  are run by experts, offer social stories and support to families and individuals with autism.