Communication is an important part of our lives; we use communication both verbal and nonverbal throughout the day. For example, we read the newspaper, maps, or computers, directories; we use expressions, hand signals and so on.
As typically developing individuals we have a naturally learnt ability to communicate effectively. However this is not the case for many on the autism spectrum disorder scale.
It is common to those on the autism spectrum disorder scale to have communication difficulties this is due largely to social skills deficits.
So what are social skills deficits”?
Social skills deficits are a lack of the “theory of mind” or “mind blindness”. This includes difficulties in:
Collectively this lack of skills is referred to as social skills deficits.
So how can you as a parent / teacher / helper effectively help address social skills deficits?
Simply by implementing methods such social stories, PECS (picture communication symbols) and other visual aids. Coping with social skills deficits by using visual aids is a strategy that does appear to work.
By using printable social skills stores that can be quickly and easily downloaded from sites such as www.autismsocialstories.com parents, teachers, care givers and other professionals can communicate effectively with their child on the autism spectrum scale. So for example a teacher can communicate to the autistic child by showing them a story describing what happens at lunch time, during recess or maybe during an art lesson etc.
The visual social story has clear images with text that the child will recognise and understand; the visual social story should be laminated to protect it whenever possible.
For download of visual aids like social skills stories visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com