Posts Tagged ‘diagnosed autistic’

Building autistic social skills

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Autism is a developmental disorder which has no known cure. That said THERE ARE plenty of excellent resources which can be used to help those diagnosed autistic.

Characteristically those diagnosed autistic WILL have social and communication difficulties, this is due to social skills deficits which ARE apparent in all people with autism but to varying degrees.

Typically people with autism WILL prefer visual information and teaching, it is therefore believed that resources and teaching styles should be more visual.

This is easily achieved through the use of visual resources for autism such as social skills stories, PECS, picture communication cards and so on…

Using visual resources for autism is beneficial, and typically will need no formal training to implement and use.

For example social skills stories ARE visual resources for autism which ARE used specifically for building autistic social skills and helping to overcome communication and social awareness difficulties.

Having social skills deficits can be challenging for many children on the autism spectrum and can at times even lead to extreme behaviours, even bullying.

So how does the social story work?

The social skills story is a short visual story much like a comic script which is used as a visual framework or step by step detailed plan of the skill or situation that the child on the autism spectrum is finding hard.

Many children on the autism spectrum struggle with the chaos of recess, by implementing a social skills story the child will have a concrete plan of recess. This plan WILL explain what is happening and why, which WILL help the child on the autism spectrum cope and feel more comfortable.

Social skills stories show the skill or situation from the child’s own point of view and use first person text. The social skills story describes the situation using images and short descriptive sentences or words.

The social story should answer the “wh” questions:-who, what, why, when and where. The social skills story should also answer “how” and provide an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most children on the autism spectrum.

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What is it like to be autistic?

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

There are very few physical signs of autism spectrum disorder. So what is it like to be autistic? Imagine being left in a foreign country alone, unable to speak the language, unable to read the signs or gestures of others. Your senses have become super sensitive, and you have nowhere to turn to for help.

This is how the world appears for many autistic children. Our ever changing and fast moving world can trigger anxiety attacks, confusion and stress for those with autism spectrum disorder.

Parents of autistic children report anxieties. Although autism is being diagnosed more frequently with 1:4 being diagnosed autistic, still there is not a lot of information on autism. Parents of autistic children report difficulties such as having to get used to people thinking you are a bad parent that cannot control their child. Parents of kids with autism also report problems from doctors calling them an over-anxious parent, family members dismissing their child as a spoilt brat. Parents of kids with autism also find difficulties with friends, being shunned and not included in events because of their autistic child’s behaviours.

Having a child diagnosed autistic is not going to be easy, experts agree early intervention is beneficial.


Parents of kids with autism also agree that visual supports are a good idea, such as visual support cards, schedules, social stories and PECS communication systems.

All designed to help children with autism cope in an ever changing and confusing world. Generally children with autism are visual thinkers and learners meaning they think in images or pictures and will gain more help from visual strategies rather than spoken or text.


Implementing visual strategies can benefit children with autism greatly. For example many children with an ASD struggle with simple tasks such as tooth brushing, introducing social stories can help with this.

Social stories are short specific visual strategies, pieces of text which use visual images to describe a situation or skills in terms of the relevant social cues. Using first person language with no frills, following a specific pattern social stories are visual strategies that are used to teach and re-enforce social and communication skills as well as give clear coping strategies for sensory processing issues and behaviour difficulties.

Much like a visual plan or role model a social skills story can answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as give an insight into the thoughts and feelings of those around them.

So for example a social skills story for tooth brushing can teach children with an ASD why it is important to brush your teeth, how to brush your teeth and what the consequence of not brushing your teeth might be.

Teachers and parents with ASD children do not need any formal training to use social skills stories, they can be printed, personalized and edited to make them easy to implement and convenient.


ASD children respond well to visual strategies such as social skills stories, visual support cards, schedules and PECS.

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Autism and Social Skills Teaching

Friday, June 11th, 2010

For many parents having a child diagnosed autistic can be a real shock. Having a child diagnosed autistic is more common than you probably thought with 1 in every 150 babies born being diagnosed autistic.

Having a child with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is not going to be easy. Generally children with autism will display social skills deficits, their autism symptoms. Some children with Low functioning autism may have other developmental issues such as little or no speech, seizures and educational difficulties.


With autism symptoms such as high functioning autism and asperger syndrome a child will have average or above intelligence, however their speech may still develop slowly but will develop.

A common thread that is shown in all children with ASD is their social skills deficits.

Having social skills deficits will mean your child will have deficits in

Social interaction skills

Communication skills both verbal and non-verbal

And Imagination skills


For some parents coping with their child’s social skills deficits can be very stressful, finding appropriate resources and help to address these issues can also be confusing and difficult.

There are treatments for autism, which help address social skills deficits effectively. Strategies and treatments for autism such as social skills stories help parents, care givers and teachers cope with and address social skills deficits.

Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be visual thinkers and learners, which means that they find information and instruction easier to understand if it is presented visually rather than by text or spoken.


Therefore social skills stories which are used as visual role models can be easily implemented and used with good effect. There is no formal training needed to use social skills stories, they can be personalized, printed and used to teach or re-enforce social, communication and imagination skills and behaviors.

For many parents of children with ASD a major area of concern is their child’s difficulties with social development, for example parents of children with ASD worry their child will struggle to make and maintain friendships and generally “fit in”.


For a child with ASD social, communication, imagination and interaction skills, are not learnt naturally, these skills need to be taught directly. Consequently, autism and social skills teaching using visual supports like social skills stories is beneficial.


Research shows us visual supports for autism and teaching social skills using social skills stories as a strategy has grown over the last twenty years into one of the major treatments for autism used today.


Autism social skills stories are short, descriptive visually rich pieces of text which follow a set formula, using appropriate language autism social skills stories are used affectively as a tool for teaching and re-enforcing important social skills and behaviors to those individuals with autism spectrum disorder.


Giving key focus to the vital points the social cues autism social skills stories are much like a comic strip, showing a detailed visual step by step plan of the skill or behavior being taught or re-enforced.


For immediate download of autism and social skills teaching stories that will help you teach and re-enforce social, communication, imagination and interaction skills to your youngster visit one of the following sites where you will find autism social skills stories and visual support cards for children and young people with ASD written by experts in autism ready to be downloaded and used: