Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a pervasive development disorder which affects more boys than girls.
The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children are referred to as the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits and are typical to all individuals on the spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder) affects how individuals on the spectrum process information, think, act, react and behave.
The triad of autistic impairments (social skills deficits) affect three main areas of development: social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours.
Autism Spectrum Disorder in children is not curable but can be treated effectively with visual intervention strategies such as visual support cards, PECS and autism social skills stories.
Visual intervention strategies can be implanted and used to help individuals on the spectrum cope with transitions, behaviours, communication skills and social interactions as well as deal with situations and skills they are struggling with.
For example Autism Spectrum Disorder in children can affect how the child with autism makes and maintains friendships. By using visual intervention strategies like autism social skills stories you are able to help the child with autism to deal with and overcome their social skills deficits.
Autism social skills stories are made up of four sentence types: perspective, control, Directive, Descriptive and generally written following a specific pattern, always in first person text and from the Autism Spectrum Disorder individual’s point of view.
The vast majority of Autism Spectrum Disorder children are visual thinkers and learners, which means they think in pictures and find visual information far easier to understand than oral or written instruction.
A social skills story will embrace this concept using visual images and short pieces of structured text, in a friendly consistent manner which Autism Spectrum Disorder children find easy to follow. The social skills story acts as a role model or visual step by step plan or framework of the skill or situation being mastered.
So for example a social skills story on making friends would be visual and instructive allowing the Autism Spectrum Disorder child a chance to follow the script or visual framework and see things from another person’s perspective.
Autism social skills stories answer the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the Autism Spectrum Disorder child an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which is an area of marked weakness in most Autism Spectrum Disorder individuals.
Autism social skills stories are generally written in word or PDF format and should be easy to edit to make them personal to the Autism Spectrum Disorder child or individual and as we all use different terminology this can also be altered for a smoother read. Autism social skills stories should be printable for convenience and flexibility.
To learn more and get downloads of autism social stories which can be put in place to help your child cope with and learn social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours which they are struggling with visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com