Posts Tagged ‘autism affects the entire family’

Communicating with an autistic sibling

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010


Having an autistic sibling is not easy autism is a complex neurological disorder. A sibling with autism can mean a typically developing child may not get as much attention and will be forced into a more back seat role within the family. This is not intentional, having a child with autism affects the entire family, and coping can be stressful and time consuming for many parents.

 

Autism affects the way a child develops in three main areas: social interactions, communication and imagination, this is often referred to as the triad of autistic impairments, or social skills deficits.

 

An autistic child may also be hyper or hypo sensitive, display repetitive behaviours and develop at times peculiar obsessions.


Having a sibling with autism may be frustrating your friends may think your brother/sister is weird they may even poke fun at them, which can be upsetting. An autistic child will not recognise sarcasm or humour because of their communication difficulties they may be unable to join in with jokes and appear aloof even rude at times.

 

Most children with autism will prefer routines and things to stay the same, which can mean an unexpected tea visit from a friend can upset them and cause anxieties even aggressive behaviours.

 

These situations are common in many households with an autistic child, autism affects the entire family, and yours is not the only household that suffers these issues.

 

Learning affective methods for communicating with an autistic sibling is made easier when visual supports are introduced.

 

Children with autism are normally visual thinkers and learners which means they think in pictures. Therefore using visual supports for autism is going to be beneficial. Visual supports for autism can take many forms, for example, PECS, flash cards, social stories and so on all of which can be used with good results.

 

Probably one of the major tools used in autism to help with communication difficulties are social stories. Social skills stories are generally written by experts and need no formal training to use.


Social skills stories were first developed by Carol Gray as tools used in autism for the treatment of communication difficulties. Today social skills stories are used for more than just communication difficulties. Social stories are also widely used as a means of treating the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits.

 

An autistic social skills story is normally written in the first person and using appropriate language. The autistic social skills story also uses images to show the skill or situation being targeted with by the story.

 

Research does show us that children with autism respond well to autistic social skills stories and suggest figures showing improvements in communication skills with children using social stories as a strategy to learn communication skills.

 

Using social stories as a strategy can help increase your autistic siblings understanding of certain skills and behaviours, such as how to pretend play, asking questions, respecting personal space, sharing, taking turns etc.


Social stories act as  a role model of the skill or behaviour and answer the important “wh” questions - who, where, why, when and what as well as give the child with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings, emotions and non verbal communications of others which can help reduce anxieties and stressful situations.

 

To learn more about how social stories can help a child with autism learn social, interaction, communication and imagination skills visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Remember autism affects the entire family, getting help can be useful; using visual supports for autism like social skills stories is going to help. To get access to social skills stories on a wide variety of issues visit any of the following sites:


http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

 

How to communicate with autistic siblings

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009


Having a sibling with autism can be very stressful, autism affects the entire family and sometimes other children will be forced into a more back seat role within the family, while parents struggle to cope with an autistic child.

 

This is all natural, autism is a complex disorder affecting the way the brain of the autistic individual develops, all kids with autism will have a triad of autistic impairments these are; social, communication, imagination and interaction deficits.

 

Having a sibling that is diagnosed as autistic can be stressful and scary. Not knowing how to communicate with autistic siblings is not unusual you are not alone!


Having a sibling with autism can be frustrating, your friends may think your sibling weird, they may poke fun, which will undoubtedly upset you, because you know what they mean you understand sarcasm, humor, jokes etc. Autistic children lack the ability to understand this kind of language they have deficits in communication, so chances are your autistic sibling is not aware of the jokes.

 

Maybe your sibling is aggressive, does not like new people and you are unable to bring a friend home? This again is all normal, kids with autism dislike changes to routines and prefer to keep things exactly the same, they can stress when things change or alter.

 

These situations are happening in many households with an autistic child. Firstly you must realize you are not alone, autism affects the entire family yours is not the only household that suffers these issues.

 

The internet can help teach you how to communicate with autistic siblings, there is advice, support sites and resources all readily available to help you understand autism and find means of communicating with autistic siblings.


One such site that will help you with communicating with autistic siblings is http://www.autismsocialstories.com


This site offers 100 autistic social skills stories. Social skills stories are used to help families, care givers and teachers of kids with autism find appropriate means of communicating with autistic children.

 

Social skills stories were first developed by Carol Gray as a tool for the treatment of the deficits related to kids with autism, the triad of autistic impairments.

 

The autistic social skills stories are written in the first person using appropriate language and images that relate to the skill or behavior needing to be taught, so in this case autistic communication.


Reports and research shows after the implementation of autistic social skills stories communicating with autistic children is made a lot easier.


Autistic children respond very well to autistic social skills stories and reports and research suggest a vast improvement in communication skills when they are used. You will find autistic stories in this collection of 100 autistic stories such as:

 

I can be polite,

I can say excuse me,

I can say hello,

I can say thank you,

Visiting my grandparents,

Saying Hi to my friends,

I have a brother,

I have a sister,

What are nick names?

When I feel angry,

When other children get upset,

Taking turns,

Having a friend to play after school,

I can ride my bike

 

And many more 100 autistic social skills stories, all for immediate download, expertly written, with appropriate language and images to help with issues such as how to communicate with autistic siblings and MORE!

 

Again URL is http://www.autismsocialstories.com

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