What are supports for teaching social skills activities to children with autism ?
There are several methods through which we learn:
Through seeing (visually)
Touching or manipulating an object (kinesthetically or ‘hands-on’ learning).
An example of these would be, looking at a picture book or reading a textbook, this would be visual learning. Listening to a c.d., or going to a lecture this would be learning through hearing…and pressing buttons to determine how to operate a DVD involves learning kinesthetically, through touch and feel.
Mostly we learn through two or more of these learning skills. How we learn will determine how ell we do at school.
Most mainstream school adopt all of these learning methods, we visually learn through reading books and texts, we learn through listening to out teachers and we practice tasks to learn.
With children on the autism spectrum they will nearly always be visual learners. Some children on the autism spectrum will also be kinesthetic learners and may well benefit form their teacher or helper actually guiding their hand while they undertake tasks.
Therefore, it is important that a teacher assess each ASD child in the class to determine which kind of learning skill they prefer. The teacher can then adapt the teaching style to suit the ASD child’s need’s and build on their strengths.
However one very important thing to remember when assessing an ASD child is their need for repetition and sameness. Keeping this in mind when setting lessons will be of benefit.
A visual timetable should always be in place for the ASD student to refer too.
The supports for teaching social skills activities to children with autism are readily available nowadays and can be easy to use, supports such as autism social stories are used with tremendous effect.
The autism social skills story will help keep the ASD child on task, and work as an excellent tool in helping teachers explain the why, what, where, when and how to the ASD student.
Using autism social skills stories as supports for teaching social skills activities to children with autism will benefit the ASD student, they can be read, auditory, they have appropriate pictures and images plus some text, visual and they can be handles kinesthetic, or used as a visual aid with attachable pictures etc…
However you decide to use it an autism social skills story will prove to be a valuable asset to the supports for teaching social skills activities to children with autism that are already in place.
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