Posts Tagged ‘children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)’

Nuturing social skills in autistic children

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Social skills can be hard to understand for many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with many parents find it difficult to teach every day social and communication skills.

 

Cosequently, social skills stories have become an excellent tool for teaching many essential and non-essential life-skills. Research suggests that parents feel that teaching a child with autism social and communication skills is a primary focus.

 

For students with autism “fitting in” to mainstream classrooms can be challenging! An autistic student displaying social skills deficits will probably find it hard in a mainstream classroom unless he/she is taught appropriate social and communication skills. Research suggests that successes in teaching an autistic student social skills can increase self-confidence and understanding as well as boost the autistic student’s attention span and general behaviour within the classroom, which can all help the student with autism reach his or her full potential.

 

We can conclude from researc and studies into Autism Spectrum Disorder  that nurturing social skills in autistic children is beneficial in helping the child to “fit in” socially and reducing anxiety and stress.

 

Originally social skills stories were developed to help with communication difficulties in children with ASD. However, today they are used more widely as a strategy in teaching autistic children social and communication skills thus addressing their social skills deficits.

 

A social skills story can act as a role model, showing and the skill or situation being addressed in smaller easier to understand pieces. This is a proven strategy in teaching autistic children. A social story is a short descriptive story describing using images and text a particular social skill being acted out (modelled).

 

The social skills story shows the skill from the child’s point of view in small easy to follow pieces. Using visual images the social skills story shows a step by step plan answering the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what and HOW) as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others, much like reading a script of the skill, this is allowing the child with autism to rehearse the skill.

 

A social skills story can also be used to help with transitions, changes to routines and other less common situations. Using the same formula social skills stories will help parents and teachers nurturing social skills in autistic children effectively.

 

To learn more about how social stories help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to  learn social and communication skills visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

ASD Social Stories

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Social stories ARE visual intervention strategies which teach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) self awareness, self help, calming and behaviour management skills as well as appropriate communication skills.

 

ASD social stories are written to help pave the way for a positive social interaction or behaviour. Unlike typically developing children a child on the spectrum will not naturally learn social and communication skills and behaviours and will NEED DIRECT TEACHING.

 

ASD social stories can be used for a wide variety of issues including hygiene, making friends, at school, out and about and in the home etc.

 

ASD Social stories are USED to help children on the autism spectrum cope with and plan for transitions, ask questions, hold conversations, go shopping and so on. Generally ASD social stories should contain images or photos, to help the child on the spectrum better understand what is being presented.

 

Mostly children on the autism spectrum ARE visual thinkers and learners, which means they think in pictures, which means visual intervention strategies ARE much easier for them to understand.

 

Social stories will normally follow a set pattern of sentence type: Perspective, Descriptive, Directive, And Control sentences.

 

Social stories help teach a skill or behaviour the child on the spectrum is struggling with by giving the child a clear outline much like a framework or visual plan of the skill or behaviour allowing them to visually see what is expected of them and why.

 

By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and by giving an insight into the thoughts feelings and emotions of others.

 

This ability is missing in children with autism spectrum disorder and is often referred to as “mind blindness” as typically developing individuals we have a natural ability to read facial expression and body language and then determine what another person is feeling or thinking, this is missing in autistic individuals which can at times cause problems with social misunderstandings and so on.

 

Mostly autistic individuals live in a literal world and can be blind to the emotions and feelings of those around them making friendships hard to maintain and social rules hard to follow. By implementing ASD social stories YOU are able to help teach a skill or behaviour the child on the spectrum is struggling to master. Acting like a role model a social story can be implemented easily and will need no formal training to use.

 

Most ASD social stories can be edited as no two autistic individuals will ever be the same and we all use different terminology with our own child etc, therefore a social story should be editable and easy to personalize.

ASD social stories can be printed for convenience of use, making them easy to use everywhere and anywhere they are needed.

 

Social stories ARE excellent visual intervention strategies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and can be found on sites such as: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

By using social stories with your ASD child you can help reduce stress and unwanted behaviours and teach new skills leading to positive results.

 

To find out more about how a social story WILL HELP your ASD child visit any of these following sites: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills