Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological disorder that affects the autistic individual’s brain.
The most common symptoms of autism are displayed in the autistic individual’s lack of social, communication, imagination and behavior skills this is called “the theory of mind”or social skills deficits.
In most cases, behavior characteristics of a child with autism will manifest before the child reaches three.
The symptoms of autism can vary in degree from low functioning autism at one end of the autism scale to mild / moderate and asperger syndrome individuals.
Generally those children at the lower end of the autism scale with low functioning autism may have delayed speech or no speech, and will almost definitely have some educational difficulties and in some cases epilepsy.
On the other end of the autism scale those children with asperger syndrome will almost definitely be average or above average intelligence, these sets of individual’s are often referred to as the little professor!
The behavior characteristics of a child with autism can be complex, with no two autistic children ever being the same. However common to all autistic individuals is the theory of mind.
All autistic children have social skills deficits in social, communication both verbal and non verbal, interaction and imagination skills.
Once you have received a diagnosis of autism, for some parents it is a relief to finally find out why your youngster acts in odd ways and is not developing as a normally child would be expected to develop.
A diagnosis of autism is not the end of the world, far from it. Although there is no cure for autism there are treatments for autism that can help your ASD child reach his/her full potential and hopefully become independent and lead a relatively normal life.
One such treatment for autism is social skills stories; these are used to help address social skills deficits by teaching social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors.
No matter what behavior characteristics of autism your child displays social skills stories for autistic children WILL help address THEIR SOCIAL SKILLS DEFICITS.
For example; A typical event before using social skills stories for autistic children:
You are trying to get your child to eat with the family at the dinner table. But no matter how hard you try, no matter what you say or do, the outcome is always the same, refusal, tantrums and an interrupted meal for the whole family.
Take the same typical event but this time using social stories for children with an ASD. You want your autistic child to eat at the table with the rest of the family. This time you are armed with an autism social story. YOU read this with your autistic child, they see the visual images, A PLAN that they can understand with appropriate text in a specific step by step framework, a role model they can understand and remember making them more relaxed and comfortable, reducing their stress and anxieties surrounding mealtimes. They are able to join the family around the table for the meal.
However if during the meal your ASD child becomes agitated YOU ARE now in control, and armed, with the very same autism social story you read before the meal. You calm your child by reassuring them with the same story, the meal continues without tantrums and stress. The autism social story has made a stressful and difficult time for your ASD child predictable and routine which makes them far happier.
No matter what behavior characteristics of autismÂ your autistic child struggles with, by providing them with an appropriate autism social story, you will help calm and make the skill or behavior predictable and easier to cope with and comprehend making your life a whole lot easier and less stressful.
To learn more about social stories for children with an ASD visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com
Where you will find information and downloads of social stories today
To find out more about social skills stories for autistic behaviors visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior
Where you will find 65 social skills stories for autistic behaviors on various topics.