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Teaching social and communication skills to children with autism

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Many parents of children with autism experience communication problems with their autistic child.

 

And trust in autism visual supports such as social skills stories as a strategy for teaching and re-enforcing social skills and behaviors. Many parents of children with autism, care givers and autistic educators use social skills stories and report tremendous successes.

 

In recent studies it was shown that these simple yet effective autism visual supports are used widely, as a tool for HELPING parents of children with autism and autistic educators deal with behavior, communication and social issues their autistic child or student is finding hard to understand or cope with.


Used as autistic visual supports for teaching social and communication skills to children with autism social skills stories can be downloaded and implemented quickly and easily from various sources such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com and are used effectively to teach social skills and behaviors.


The fact is kids with autism are often overwhelmed by noises, sensations, and activities that the rest of us consider “everyday” or “normal” which can lead to communication and autistic behavior difficulties.  Which can then in turn lead to tantrums and on occasion’s violent outbursts. They dislike surprises, and respond well to repetition.

 

This is where many parents of children with autism find social skills stories can be very beneficial to help with teaching social and communication skills to children with autism such as personal space, temper tantrums, violent outbursts, healthy hygiene habits, how to ask questions, how to make friends and many other issues, events, activities and situations are dealt with through the use of social skills stories.

 

Social skills stories are simple, understandable, first-person stories with visual aids that can help to calm and address even the most severe behaviors. Social skills stories work because they put an end to the stress, worry, and anxiety both you and your child with autism feel whenever a routine changes, a new skill needs mastering, or something changes, even something small. They help YOU teach YOUR child with autism vital coping strategies for social skills both everyday and less common.

 

To download and learn more about social skills stories for autistic children and how they are used for teaching social and communication skills to children with autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com


Or any of the following sites for expertly written social skills stories for autistic children


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

Teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

One of the major issues for children with autism is communication skills deficits. This is due to their condition; autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the brain of the individual, which results in deficits, in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills for example autism language is generally delayed.

 

All children are different and the severity of deficit will vary between individuals. In some children with autism language will be delayed, however around 9% of autistic children may never develop language.


Therefore the odds are your autistic child will develop speech, but their language development may be delayed. For autistic children communication both verbal and non verbal is not a natural skills and needs working on. With autism the ability to read another persons body language is missing and so is the ability to read faces making non-verbal communication extremely tricky.


A subtle nod, wink, glance or a knowing glare is not going to be interpreted as you would want it to be, which can lead to social misunderstandings and errors.

 

Making non-verbal communication stressful and at times socially isolating for the autistic child themselves. So how can you go about teaching autistic children communication skills that will actually help?


One method which has significant success rates is social skills stories. Reports and research into social skills stories shows tremendous success rates with teaching autistic children communication skills such as asking questions, staying calm, being a good sport, sharing, appropriate touching, a social kiss and so on.


Many parents and autistic educators use social skills stories for just about all social skills and behavior teaching form as varied issues as visiting grand parents, tooth brushing, flushing the toilet, using public toilets to recess and following school rules.

 

Generally written by experts in autism, parents or autistic educators these short visually rich social skills stories explain the issue, skill or behavior being taught in the first person from the autistic child’s point of view using appropriate language and images describing the situation and giving social cues.

 

To learn more about how and when social skills stories can benefit your child plus to gain immediate downloads of appropriate expertly written social skills stories visit one of the sites listed below:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocicalstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/howto


All these sites give you immediate access to social skills stories for teaching both verbal and non verbal communication plus other social skills and behaviors for children with autism.

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Visual supports for autism

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

We all use visual supports each day, we look at the newspaper, we read a magazine. Watch TV, the news, the internet and so on all these are visual supports they are things we visually look at to get information.

 

When we travel we might look at a map or tele-text, these are also visual supports.


We need visual supports to function at our best we need them for instruction, work, recreation and education…


…Have you ever considered a life without visual supports or prompts? Imagine no TV no internet no newspaper no books and so on, how boring that life would be and how out of touch with what’s happening around us we would get?

 

Autistic people are often referred to as being in an “autism own world”, they lack interest in what’s happening around them. But they will still need visual supports for autism.

 

The visual supports for autism will include things like visual timetables, mini schedules, Now and Then and choice boards, emotion, flash and PECS cards as well as social skills stories and other visual supports for autism, like file folder games and so on..

 

Autistic children are visual learners and will benefit from visual cues, prompts and instruction far more than from written text and long verbal sentences where they can become easily distracted and lack interest.

 

Therefore a good starting point for all autistic educators is setting up visual aids for the autistic student.

 

All autistic children will respond better to visual lessons; the autistic educator should try and keep this in mind when preparing lessons for the autistic student.

 

Another good rule would be to have autism resources in place like visual timetables, mini schedules and other valuable autism resources like social skills stories vital in helping the autistic student understand what is happening and also good for keeping the autistic student on task.

 

The internet has now made it possible for autistic educators and parents to access suitable autism resources easily.

 

Suitable autism resources like social skills stories play a vital part in the lives of autistic individuals.

 

..And now anyone working or caring for an autistic individual can download and find social skills stories on any topic, activity, social skill, event etc that the autistic individual is struggling with making life a whole lot easier!

 

Follow any of the links below to download suitable social skills stories for all autistic individuals as well as suitable social skills stories for autistic students.

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/potty

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

www.autismsocialstories.com/valentines_day

www.autismsocialstories.com/mothers_day

 

 

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