Posts Tagged ‘autistic child’s’

Visual supports in autism

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Individuals with autism are often described as “visual learners” or “visual thinkers.” Which means they think in pictures, consequently autism resources need to be visual.

Research suggests greater success when parents and teachers use visual supports rather than oral or written supports and resources.

Such visual supports in autism resources as social skills stories, flash cards, visual schedules, PECS system etc. 

There are many aspects of an autistic child’s environment and everyday activities which will benefit from visual supports for autism.

Using social skills stories – Social stories are word and picture-based stories, much like a comic strip conversation, written to help the child with autism understand and feel more comfortable with skills, activities, communication and social situations.

Social stories are normally written in a specific manner, from the autistic child’s point of view and always using first person text and visual images. By answering the important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into how other people may feel or think.

Using visual schedules – Visual schedules are a set of pictures that communicate a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity. A visual schedule can help the child with autism understand and manage their daily activities, which reduces stress and anxiety.

Using visual supports in autism such as flash cards – A common problem for children with autism spectrum disorder is their ability to communicate. Flash cards are a strategy which can help to increase vocabulary, promote language development, and strengthen communication skills when teaching.

All of these strategies are useful for individuals with autism and related conditions.

To learn more about how social skills stories can benefit your child with an ASD and gain immediate downloads of social stories for autistic children visit:

Where you will find a selection of social skills stories for autistic children and young people

To learn more about visual supports in autism such as flash cards and visual schedules visit:

Where you will find a selection of flash cards available for visual schedules and as communication aids for ASD children


Other visual supports in autism can be found at:



Tips for teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Generally most autistic children commonly face problems with communication skills. This is mainly due to the frequent speech and language problems associated with autism spectrum disorder.


The autistic child’s lack of communication skills can make interpretation and interaction with the child difficult for parents of autistic children and teachers.


No two autistic children are the same; therefore individuals will develop communication skills dependant on their own social and intellectual development.


While some children with autism may never develop speech, other children with autism may have extensive vocabularies and be able to express themselves regarding complex topics.


However, generally all autistic children will have some form of communication skills difficulty. This is normally noticeable with the child’s odd use of language, for example difficulty with intonation, rhythm, and word and sentence meaning.

Many parents of autistic children report their child may use echolalia, where they simply repeat what they have heard, even if they have been asked a question.


Others will use delayed echolalia, using the question previously posed in order to ask for what they want. For example, a child who had earlier been asked “are you thirsty?” may say “are you thirsty” at a later time to express his thirst.


Many verbal children with autism may say things without true information, expression, or content.

Many parents of autistic children also report their autistic child having a stock of phrases they use.

For example, a child may introduce him or herself at the beginning of conversations. Some autistic children use repetitive language they pick up from television shows, commercials, cartoons and other recorded dialogs.

Many kids with autism can speak extensively about a topic that they may be obsessed by and will not need the other person to answer they can become stuck on a topic and be unaware of the other person becoming bored or trying to change the subject.

Sometimes kids with autism will make up a voice like a robotic voice, some will use a deep voice, or a squeaky voice etc. rather than use their own voice.

There are tips for teaching autistic children communication skills and communication skills such as social skills stories for autistic children.

Social stories have been around for almost twenty years and are used affectively by parents and teachers for teaching autistic children communication skills both verbal and non-verbal.


Generally social skills stories for autistic children are written by experts using appropriate language, images and text that kids with autism can relate too and understand.


Most kids with autism are visual learners and will respond very well to social skills stories making them one of the most significant autistic resources for the treatment of verbal and non-verbal communications skills teaching of autistic individuals.


Many sites offer support to parents and teacher wishing to use appropriate autistic resources to help them find tips for teaching autistic children communication skills.

Sites that offer immediate download of social stories for autistic children that are maintained by experts such as: now offer immediate downloads of social stories for autistic children.


Such as making choices, having a conversation, asking questions, finding friends and so on, social stories can be used for various teachings of social skills not only communication.


To download social stories not only for autistic children but also preschool autistic toddlers, teens and asperger syndrome individuals visit:





Grandparenting an autistic child

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

It is believed that every 1 in 166 grandparents will become the grandparent to an autistic child.


The diagnosis of autism can be stressful enough for any family and can sometimes lead to conflict between parents and grandparents.


Grandparenting an autistic child is stressful and confusing; both mentally, physically and on occasions financially.

There are many things grandparents can do to help their autistic grandchild overcome their challenges and get the most of life. From learning all you can about autism spectrum disorder and what the diagnosis of autism will mean to the entire family to helping support your autistic grandchild lean social skills.


Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong condition and is not curable; autism spectrum disorder affects more males then females.

Often the diagnosis of autism can have a huge impact on the entire family and cause marital issues between the autistic child’s parents. This is where a grandparent can be of support and help, easing tensions and generally helping out around the home and with the families other children can help.


There will be tough times ahead and being prepared by reading books, magazines, reports and articles on autism can provide answers questions that you may be struggling to comprehend.


A good source of autism resources can be found at:


Where you can find autism tools and other autism resources that will help you understand and cope with grandparenting an autistic child.

Good luck!



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