Typically children with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners which means that they think in pictures and find VISUAL intervention strategies easier to understand.
There is a wide range of visual intervention strategies for autistic students available such as visual support cards, PECS and Autism Social Stories, which can be easily implemented and used in the classroom as well as in the child’s home.
For many students using autistic teaching strategies like autism social stories is beneficial. The autism social story WILL answer the “wh” questions who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the autistic child an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness.
Autism social stories ARE visual intervention strategies which were introduced around twenty years ago at first as a means of communication. Today the autism social story has wider uses and is probably the most significant of the autistic teaching strategies.
The social story is always written in first person text and from the point of view of the autistic child, and will generally follow a specific formula of sentence types.
Typically the autism social story will be visual using images or pictures to describe the skill or situation that the autistic child is struggling with in terms of relevant social cues. Used as a role model or visual step by step plan the autism social story CAN BE implemented and USED for situation such as recess, assembly, dinner time, making friends and so on.
These visual intervention strategies for autistic students CAN have a great impact on classroom accommodations, helping the autistic student understand class rules, stay calm, ask questions and stay on task.
Social stories ARE short descriptive pieces of text similar to a comic script conversation and ARE generally written in word format making them easy to edit and personalize, we all use different terminology with our child and therefore being able to edit the social story is important.
To learn more about autistic teaching strategies such as autism social stories and other visual intervention strategies for autistic students like visual support cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school