Posts Tagged ‘person with autism’

Using visual support to teach hygiene in autism

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Unlike typically developing children a child on the spectrum WILL NOT naturally develop self-care skills, and WILL NEED direct teaching.

Typically individuals with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners, which means that they think in pictures and WILL respond better to teaching materials and strategies which ARE VISUAL.

Using visual support to teach hygiene in autism is essential in most instances, typically developing youngsters will people watch and pick up on self-care skills, but children with autism DO NOT people watch and in most instances WILL NOT naturally learn self-care skills. A good social skills story can HELP the child on the spectrum learn essential hygiene skills.

For most individuals with autism hygiene can be confusing and in some cases even a painful experience! This is due to social skills deficits and sensory processing difficulties.

Social skills deficits ARE present in ALL individuals with autism, but to varying degrees dependant on where the individual is on the autism spectrum scale.

Using visual support to teach hygiene in autism is beneficial. Visual supports such as “social skills stories” ARE USED to HELP children with autism understand and deal with situations or skills that they find difficult or confusing like: puberty, washing their teeth, visiting a dentist and so on.

The social skills story answers the “wh” questions who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and gives the young person with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which is an area of marked weakness in those on the spectrum.

Social skills stories will normally be written in first person text and is always written from the point of view of the young person with autism.

No two people on the spectrum are ever going to be the same and we all use different terminology, therefore the social skills story needs to be editable and easy to tweak.

To learn more about social stories for hygiene in autism and to see an example of social stories for hygiene in autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

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Social stories as Intervention Strategies

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Social stories are written to describe a social or communication skill that a person with autism is struggling to understand.

 

Social skills stories describe a social situation in terms of relevant social cues which helps the person with autism understand what is happening and why giving them a chance to better understand.

 

Since their initial development almost twenty years ago social skills stories have grown into one of the most popular intervention strategies today.

 

While typically developing children learn social and communication skills naturally from people watching and their environment, this ability is lacking in children with autism. Often referred to as the theory of mind or the inability to read people and recognise social cues.

 

For children with autism a distinct lack of social skills the theory of mind; can mean the child on the spectrum may be open to ridicule, teasing, bullying and at times isolation.

 

However, much can be done to help a child on the spectrum acquire appropriate social behaviour and communication skills; this help comes in the form of intervention strategies.

 

Social stories as Intervention Strategies has been proven effective; Social stories are used to describe the skill or situation in relevant social cues using visual images and first person text in a manner the child on the spectrum can understand.

 

Images and pictures ARE a powerful means of communication which is understood by all. Social stories follow this concept by using images or pictures to show visually the skill or situation.

 

Fully editable, printable and made easy to personalize social stories act as a role model or visual framework for the autistic child to use helping them with transitions, rehearse a skill or situation, prepare for a change to routine, learn a new skill, use appropriate communication, and overcome sensory issues.

 

To learn more about how social stories as intervention strategies WILL help your autistic child OVERCOME difficulties visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Social stories normally follow a set pattern of sentence type which was first discovered by Therapist Carol Gray twenty years ago. Social stories are normally constructed and written from the point of view of the autistic child.

 

No two children are ever going to be the same, therefore social stories need to be editable so appropriate terminology can be used.

 

Visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

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Social story on hygiene and Autism

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Hygiene is an essential everyday life skill.

 

However for a person with autism spectrum disorder even the simplest of hygiene tasks such as tooth brushing can cause anxiety and distress. For a person with autism spectrum disorder social skills deficits and sensory processing issues are common.

 

Generally people with autism have sensory processing issues; are either hyper or hypo sensitive to stimuli – sight, sound, touch, taste or smell. Making a task such as tooth brushing problematic; the cold water, taste of the tooth paste even the nylon bristle of the tooth brush can be distressing.

 

Also a lack of social skills deficits affects how the autistic individual processes information, thinks, acts and reacts to sensory stimuli and those around them. So for example looking a hygiene and autism, it is not uncommon for an autistic individual to simply not understand the need for hygiene and self care.

 

Generally people with autism live in a ‘literal world’ meaning they fail to see the social rules or etiquette, they will speak literally and really not care much what others may be thinking or feeling, this is not arrogance merely a symptom of autism.

 

Generally, people with autism spectrum disorder lack social and communication skills and need direct teaching. Most autistic people are visual thinkers and learners meaning they think in pictures.

 

Therefore visual strategies like social stories work very well for teaching and encouraging social skills the person with ASD is struggling to master or understand.

 

Consequently, using a social story on hygiene and Autism is beneficial. The social story will help the person with ASD understand the basic need for hygiene and how this is accomplished.

 

Social skills stories answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and reactions of others, helping to reduce stress and anxieties.

 

A social story on hygiene and Autism can tackle teaching the need for hygiene skills such as tooth brushing, getting a haircut, visiting the dentist, showering, puberty and so on.

 

Using visual strategies has been shown to work; social stories use first person text and visual images much like a comic strip, as a visual plan or framework of the skill or behavior being tackled, in a manner the ASD individual will understand.

 

Social stories for autism should be editable, printable and easy to implement, need no formal training to use and easy to personalize for each ASD individual.

 

A social story on hygiene and Autism will help explain visually the need for hygiene, why and how.

 

To learn more about visual strategies like social stories for autism and hygiene visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

For other social stories for autism and hygiene as well as other issues visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com