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A. S. D. Social Skills Stories

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

A. S. D. social skills stories were first used around twenty years ago as a method for teaching and communicating with children on the spectrum.

They were developed to aid communication in both verbal and nonverbal kids with autism. The goal being that children on the spectrum were able to use the A. S. D. social skills stories as a tool to help them clarify and understand information and directions.

A. S. D. social skills stories provide the child with autism explanations and possible behavior suggestions for situations, skills and behaviors that they may find difficult or confusing.

Used effectively as a tool to teach social and communication skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder the  social story uses visual cues to show the child with autism what is expected of them as well as what they can expect from others.

Kids with autism spectrum disorder have social skills impairments which make social and communication skills difficult to master.

ASD social stories therefore help to teach social and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder, visually almost like a comic strip script, the skill or behavior in terms of relative social cues and prompts making it easier for the child with autism to understand the “wh” question (who, where, When, what and why)

Research shows us that teaching social skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder is made easier when visual aids are used.  

Consequently, parents with autistic children and teachers use visual tools such as social skills stories for teaching social skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder. The social skills story is visually rich and is used much like a step by step visual plan detailing the skill being mastered.

Showing the child with autism visually possible outcomes, giving focus to the key points, showing the child with autism spectrum disorder how another person may re-act or feel in the situation by describing another’s point of view.

The social skills story can also be used to help with routine changes, teaching skills and behaviors, explaining rules and so on…

ASD social stories use a specifically defined style and format. They are mainly written by experts in autism.

Many parents with autistic children, teachers as well as other professionals use social skills stories for autistic children to teach even the most basic social skills such as tooth brushing to complex social skills like attending a wedding, a birth even explaining how to make friends, have conversations, ask questions and more.

To download A. S. D. social skills stories for autistic children on a variety of issues visit any of the following sites:

http://www.autimsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/sensory

http://www.autismscoialstories.com/social_skills

 

Social Skills Stories for Autistic Children

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Typical to all children with autism spectrum disorder are deficits in social skills. This is often referred to as the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits and can become a primary focus at school and in the home.

It is a lack of social awareness skills that can cause many children with autism to lack self-confidence.  However when the child’s social awareness skills are HELPED TO IMPROVE many parents and teachers report an increase in self-confidence with the autistic child.

Mostly children with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners, meaning they think in pictures and will gain more value from visual strategies rather than written, auditory or oral information.

Consequently visual strategies are believed to work best with Autism Spectrum Disorder Children. Social skills stories are used as visual strategies.

A social skills story is used to describe a situation or skill to the child on the spectrum. This WILL HELP to reduce anxieties, especially if the social story is being used to help with transitions, changes to routines or situations and skills the child on the spectrum finds stressful, confusing or CAN cause anxiety.

A social skills story will focus on a particular social situation or interaction and break it down into smaller easier to understand sections. The social skills story ACTS LIKE A ROLE MODEL or Visual plan providing VISUAL cues and information that the child with autism can understand.  

Social stories for autism answer the “wh” questions who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the child with autism an insight into the thoughts feelings and possible reactions they may expect from others.

The main goal of any social skills story should be to provide Autism Spectrum Disorder Children with a visual framework which will help reduce anxieties and stress for the child with autism.

Typically social skills stories for autistic children are written in first person text following a set tried and trusted formula, which was first developed around twenty years ago.

 Autism Spectrum Disorder Children CAN use social skills stories for autistic children to deal with most situation and skills that they are struggling with or that cause anxiety. For example social skills stories can be used to HELP deal with “puberty” hygiene issues, social awkwardness and communication difficulties.

It is not un-common for children with autism spectrum disorders to display social awkwardness for example, with social interactions, such as respecting personal space, having conversations, asking questions etc. Social skills stories for autistic children can be used to help deal with these issues.

Social stories should provide information for kids with autism about the feelings of others and the consequences of ignoring those feelings.

Using visual images and short pieces of first person text social stories should ALWAYS be written from the child’s point of view.

No two kids with autism will ever be the same and as we all use different terminology social skills stories need to be editable.

To learn more about implementing social stories and how you can download professional social skills stories for autistic children today visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

OR http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

 

ASD social stories

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

ASD social stories are used as a tool when teaching social and communication skills to children with ASD. Social stories were first developed around twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray as a tool to help her communicate and teach the autistic children she was working with.

ASD social stories provide the child with ASD explanations and possible behavior suggestions for situations, skills and behaviors that they may find difficult or confusing due to their individual autism symptom.

ASD social stories are used by parents of autistic children and teachers to effectively teach social and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Social stories use visual cues that show the child with ASD what is expected of them as well as what they can expect.

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social skills impairments; it is due to these social skills impairments that a child with ASD has difficulties with social and communication skills and behaviors.

As with typically developing children no two autistic children will ever be the same and therefore the severity of autism symptom will vary. ASD social stories can be adapted to suit individual needs and abilities.

Research shows us that teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder has been identified as one of the best indicators of positive long-term outcomes in the child’s development.

Consequently, parents of autistic children and teachers use tools such as social stories to teach and re-enforce social skills. The social skills story will help the child with autism identify the important cues in a given situation.

The social skills story will show the child with ASD visually possible outcomes, giving focus to the key points, showing the child with autism spectrum disorder how another person may re-act or feel in the situation by describing another’s point of view.

It will also explain rules, routines, situations, upcoming events or abstract concepts; and how the child with autism spectrum disorder can understand expectations, cope with changes to routines and learn appropriate skills and behaviors.

ASD social stories use a specifically defined style and format. They are mainly written by experts in autism and are usually visually rich. Most children with autism spectrum disorder are visual learners making visual social skills stories an ideal teaching tool.

Many parents and teachers as well as professionals use social skills stories for autistic children to teach even the most basic social skills such as tooth brushing to complex social skills like attending a wedding, a birth even explaining how to make friends, have conversations, ask questions and more.

To download ASD social skills stories for autistic children on a variety of issues visit any of the following sites:

http://www.autimsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/sensory

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

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Teaching social and communication skills to children with autism

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Many parents of children with autism experience communication problems with their autistic child.

 

And trust in autism visual supports such as social skills stories as a strategy for teaching and re-enforcing social skills and behaviors. Many parents of children with autism, care givers and autistic educators use social skills stories and report tremendous successes.

 

In recent studies it was shown that these simple yet effective autism visual supports are used widely, as a tool for HELPING parents of children with autism and autistic educators deal with behavior, communication and social issues their autistic child or student is finding hard to understand or cope with.


Used as autistic visual supports for teaching social and communication skills to children with autism social skills stories can be downloaded and implemented quickly and easily from various sources such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com and are used effectively to teach social skills and behaviors.


The fact is kids with autism are often overwhelmed by noises, sensations, and activities that the rest of us consider “everyday” or “normal” which can lead to communication and autistic behavior difficulties.  Which can then in turn lead to tantrums and on occasion’s violent outbursts. They dislike surprises, and respond well to repetition.

 

This is where many parents of children with autism find social skills stories can be very beneficial to help with teaching social and communication skills to children with autism such as personal space, temper tantrums, violent outbursts, healthy hygiene habits, how to ask questions, how to make friends and many other issues, events, activities and situations are dealt with through the use of social skills stories.

 

Social skills stories are simple, understandable, first-person stories with visual aids that can help to calm and address even the most severe behaviors. Social skills stories work because they put an end to the stress, worry, and anxiety both you and your child with autism feel whenever a routine changes, a new skill needs mastering, or something changes, even something small. They help YOU teach YOUR child with autism vital coping strategies for social skills both everyday and less common.

 

To download and learn more about social skills stories for autistic children and how they are used for teaching social and communication skills to children with autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com


Or any of the following sites for expertly written social skills stories for autistic children


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

Children with autism and mind reading

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Children with autism spectrum disorder will often display difficulties understanding why other people do not know the answer to a question they ask. Consequently, this lack of understanding that other people think differently to themselves may mean many autistic children will have problems relating socially and communicating with their peers and those around them.

 

Generally this will mean they may not be able to anticipate (mind reading or theory of mind) what others will say or do in various situations often called “mind blindness”

 

Many autistic children will appear aloof or cold, this is due to the same “mind blindness” They may have difficulties understanding that their peers, classmates even family have thoughts, feelings and emotions.

 

Since children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be very literal they display difficulties in understanding the subtleties of language and communication.


Some autistic children appear to live in a world all their own. They appear distant and closed-in, avoiding eye contact and shying away from their parents’ hugs. They may exhibit strange behaviors, like flapping their arms or obsessively lining up their toys.

 

All of these symptoms of autism are common, and can be treated using simple techniques that can help children with autism and mind reading. Treatments and therapies used for helping autistic children cope with “our world” can be found readily on the internet. Sites such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com offer advice on how to teach your autistic child the art on “mind reading”, simply offering the autistic child ideas and cues for how to behave, react and undertake social and communication skills they lack or find difficult.

 

This can help alleviate anxieties and make the autistic child more comfortable with and in situations that may find stressful of difficult.


Many parents and teacher use social skills stories to teach social and communication skills from every day skills like healthy hygigen in autism to more complex skills or routine changes such as school transitions, attending a wedding, funeral or changes to routines during the school day for example a substitue teacher, awards assembly and so on.

 

First developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories for autistic children help explain the what, why, where and when to the autistic child making understanding easier. The social skills story focuses on the key points using appropriate language and visual images. Generally children with autism spectrum disorder are visual learners, therefore the visual representations used within a social skills story are beneficial and will help the child understand and remember.

 

To download social skills stories for children with autism and mind reading abilities as well as other topics and behaviors visit any of the following sites:



http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

 

Tips for teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


Generally most autistic children commonly face problems with communication skills. This is mainly due to the frequent speech and language problems associated with autism spectrum disorder.

 

The autistic child’s lack of communication skills can make interpretation and interaction with the child difficult for parents of autistic children and teachers.

 

No two autistic children are the same; therefore individuals will develop communication skills dependant on their own social and intellectual development.

 

While some children with autism may never develop speech, other children with autism may have extensive vocabularies and be able to express themselves regarding complex topics.

 

However, generally all autistic children will have some form of communication skills difficulty. This is normally noticeable with the child’s odd use of language, for example difficulty with intonation, rhythm, and word and sentence meaning.


Many parents of autistic children report their child may use echolalia, where they simply repeat what they have heard, even if they have been asked a question.

 

Others will use delayed echolalia, using the question previously posed in order to ask for what they want. For example, a child who had earlier been asked “are you thirsty?” may say “are you thirsty” at a later time to express his thirst.

 

Many verbal children with autism may say things without true information, expression, or content.

Many parents of autistic children also report their autistic child having a stock of phrases they use.

For example, a child may introduce him or herself at the beginning of conversations. Some autistic children use repetitive language they pick up from television shows, commercials, cartoons and other recorded dialogs.

Many kids with autism can speak extensively about a topic that they may be obsessed by and will not need the other person to answer they can become stuck on a topic and be unaware of the other person becoming bored or trying to change the subject.

Sometimes kids with autism will make up a voice like a robotic voice, some will use a deep voice, or a squeaky voice etc. rather than use their own voice.

There are tips for teaching autistic children communication skills and communication skills such as social skills stories for autistic children.


Social stories have been around for almost twenty years and are used affectively by parents and teachers for teaching autistic children communication skills both verbal and non-verbal.

 

Generally social skills stories for autistic children are written by experts using appropriate language, images and text that kids with autism can relate too and understand.

 

Most kids with autism are visual learners and will respond very well to social skills stories making them one of the most significant autistic resources for the treatment of verbal and non-verbal communications skills teaching of autistic individuals.

 

Many sites offer support to parents and teacher wishing to use appropriate autistic resources to help them find tips for teaching autistic children communication skills.


Sites that offer immediate download of social stories for autistic children that are maintained by experts such as: http://www.autismsocialstories.com now offer immediate downloads of social stories for autistic children.

 

Such as making choices, having a conversation, asking questions, finding friends and so on, social stories can be used for various teachings of social skills not only communication.

 

To download social stories not only for autistic children but also preschool autistic toddlers, teens and asperger syndrome individuals visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Or 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

 

Visual supports for autism

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Our lives would not be the same without visual supports we use visual supports every day of our lives for example; reading the newspaper, watching TV, using maps and so on. All visual supports we use daily to carry on with our own personal existence.

The same applies to autistic individuals they also need visual prompts and supports in their lives. Generally autistic individuals are visual learners or visual thinkers, meaning they can understand and remember visual information a lot easier than the written or spoken word.

Teachers report that autistic students tend to learn better when visual supports for autism are in place, the autistic student can better recognize the skill being taught or re-enforced. Visual supports for autism include; PECS

cards, flash cards and things such as social skills stories.

Parents and teachers also report better success rates in teaching social skills and appropriate behaviors to kids with autism when visual supports for autism such as social skills stories are implemented.

Social skills such as appropriate touching, taking an autistic child to the dentist, coping with anger and having good manners all social skills a typically developing child will learn naturally, an autistic child will struggle to master without the use of visual supports for autism.

Generally kids with autism will be more comfortable and understand the skill or behavior being taught or re-enforced visually, through social skills stories, which are written in the first person, using appropriate minimal language and strong pictorial reference to the skill, in the form of images or pictures that the child will recognize or can relate too.

For example taking an autistic child to the dentist, parents report a significant number of kids with autism that struggle to understand the need for regular dental check ups which can cause a great amount of stress to a parent when the dental check up arises.

Those parents that choose to use social skills stories for autistic children on such issues as dental visits report a significant improvement in the child’s behavior and understanding of the event or skill being taught or supported.

A social skills story on visiting the dentist can help improve the child’s understanding of what is happening and make them more relaxed and comfortable with the situation, which will help the parent relax and therefore make the whole experience better and less stressful all round.

To immediately download appropriate visual supports for autism like social skills stories on topics such as taking an autistic child to the dentist as well as other social skills stories on many issues, behaviors and skills visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

OR http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

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