Comprehending autism spectrum disorders

January 12th, 2016

Parents, teachers, caregivers and other professionals involved in the care and well being of an individual on the spectrum can find comprehending autism spectrum disorders confusing and stressful.


All children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will have the triad of autistic impairments in their ability to:


Socially interact

Communication difficulties

Imagination skills


Plus in most cases sensory processing issues which can affect an autistic individuals senses (taste, smell, touch, sound and sight). Most children with an ASD will also display obsessive and repetitive behaviours, will prefer routines and can become anxious if these routines change.


Children with an ASD also display marked difficulties with non-verbal and verbal communication. A child with autism will have difficulties comprehending the communication and language used by those around them as well difficulties in developing effective communication themselves.


Unlike typically developing children that learn social skills naturally, a child with autism will struggle socially. For many parents probably the hardest challenge they face is their child’s difficulty to understand the social behaviour of others. A child with autism will have difficulties displaying and comprehending appropriate socially accepted behaviours.


Generally most autistic individuals do not process information in the same manner as typically developing beings.  The opinions and thoughts of other are of no real consequence for the individual on the spectrum, which can cause frustrations and upset.


Consequently, comprehending autism spectrum disorders can be frustrating and stressful for those involved in the everyday care of an individual on the spectrum.


Research shows us however that although there is no cure for autism there are various treatments of autism that are available that can help overcome triad of autistic impairments.


Various treatments of autism like social skills stories work effectively addressing the triad of autistic impairments. They do this by showing the autistic child what to expect in certain situations or what is expected of them which reduces stress and helps control anxieties.


By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others a social skills stories visually explain using images and relevant social cues the skill or situation. All helping an autistic child to better understand and cope with the skill or situation that

They may be struggling with.   


To find a greater comprehending of autism spectrum disorders and how social skills stories can help address some of the issues faced by children with an ASD visit sites like:

Handling the teenage years when you’re autistic

August 31st, 2014

Being autistic is not easy, social skills deficits and sensory processing issues can hinder your social development.


The teenage years are for the vast majority of us our most social years, but when your autistic these years can be stressful and confusing. A changing body, experiences, transitions, puberty, increased hormones and desires change us and our peers. A once acceptable habit or behaviour may be frowned upon in the teenage years.


Consequently, many teenagers with autism look for treatments and techniques that will help them understand and cope with this stressful time effectively.


Treatments for autism like social skills stories are just one of a few treatments for autism available. Social skills stories are especially good at this time. They are an excellent method for explaining changes, and addressing social and communication deficits as well as sensory processing difficulties to teenagers with autism.


A social skills story is an excellent way of Handling the teenage years when you’re autistic. The social skills story is a short descriptive framework of a skill or behaviour that the autistic person is struggling to master or cope with, for example puberty.


Puberty is stressful even when you’re not autistic, but to the teen with autism this period of their lives can be fraught with frustrations and anxieties. Social stories can show the teen with autism how to cope with the changes happening too them and around them.


A social skills story breaks the skill, situation, behaviour or change down into small pieces and with the use of first person text and images or pictures explains in a consistent manner, answering the important “wh” questions – who, where, when, why and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which helps reduce anxieties and stresses.


Research shows the use of social skills stories can make a positive difference to the life of an autistic teenager. By introducing social stories for teens with autism you can help your autistic teenager realise and deal with the changes that occur to them and around them during adolescents.


To learn more about social stories for teens with autism on issues like Handling the teenage years such as puberty, menstruation, hygiene, friendships etc visit any of the following sites:

Teaching a child with ASD play skills

June 5th, 2014

Kids with autism find play skills and social interaction with peers extremely difficult. 


This is due to their social skills deficits, which are common to all individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), the degree of social skills deficits will depend on each individual, no two children will ever be the same.


A child on the autism range will undoubtedly have social skills deficits in three main areas of development, social interactions, communication both verbal and nonverbal and imagination skills.


Because of the child’s rigidity of thought and behaviour, and limited imagination or imaginative play skills, the child on the autism range may carry out ritualistic actions. For example lining up their Lego or sorting it into colours rather than playing with it.


A child on the autism range may focus upon minor details, for example rather than play with the toy car they may be obsessed with the wheel only and continuously spin it, rather than play with the whole car.


Plus with limited verbal and non-verbal communication skills the child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will lack the ability to converse naturally and may misunderstand the emotions, gestures, or ideas of others, and have difficulties understanding wit, humour and pretend play talk.


Kids with autism tend to be very literal, making pretend or imaginative play difficult for them to join in with or understand.


However there are techniques available that help build and promote play skills in children with autism.


One such technique is the use of social skills stories these can be adapted to suit individual’s needs, can be printed and used almost everywhere making them ideal in the home, school and out and about.


Consequently teaching a child with ASD play skills can be initiated using social skills stories as a means of showing the child with ASD how and why we play. By answering the “wh” questions: who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others. The social skills story acts like a role model or visual plan when teaching a child with ASD play skills by detailing the skill and breaking it down into small pieces.


Using visual images and first person text the social skills story can help the child with ASD better understand the skill or behaviour, therefore making them more comfortable with and in the situation, reducing stress and un-necessary anxiety.


To find appropriate social skills stories that help teach play skills as well as other social and communication skills and behaviours visit: