Autistic children tend to prefer structure and routine, and can become stressed and anxious when things change.
Generally most autistic children are visual thinkers; Which means they think in pictures or images, and language is secondary.
Therefore when speaking try and make sentences short and precise do not give lengthy explanations and try to use visual images, graphs or pictures to help with your explanation or lesson. This way the child on the spectrum will be far more likely to understand what it is youâ€™re trying to put across or say.
Another thing to remember is not to string a long list of instructions together a child on the spectrum may have problems remembering this.
The thing to remember here is that autistic children are visual thinkers and a long verbal list will be easily forgotten. Break the list up into smaller more easily managed chunks and wherever possible add visual clues, like pictures and images this is easier to remember.
So for example when teaching a child on the spectrum about feelings, parents, teachers and care givers can achieve far better results by using visual strategies such as printable social stories for kids with autism.
Typically developing children can read facial expression and body language and are able to interpret thoughts, feelings, emotions and language that the child on the spectrum can not. Having autism will affect the way the child processes information, thinks and acts this is called social impairments.
Autistic children have social impairments and will not be able to understand facial expressions, body language and communication both verbal and non-verbal. A child with autism will speak literally and say exactly what they mean or see, so donâ€™t be offended by their sometimes abrupt and seemingly rude observations at times.
Using printable autism social stories for kids with autism is a good meanâ€™s of explaining feelings toÂ a child with autism, by giving them visual cues on what is expected from them, and what they can expect in certain situations.
For example â€œnick namesâ€ children with autism may have difficulties understanding why we have pet names for each other, or why their friends may call each other odd names! Printable autism social stories for kids with autism can act as means of explaining this a bit like a role model, helping the autistic child understand why people use nick names.
There are many different social situations and tasks a normally developing child will accomplish easily.
But for children with autism can be stressful and cause anxiety, this is where social stories can help by explaining the â€œwhâ€ questions â€“ who, where, why, when and what as well as â€œhowâ€ and giving an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others all helping the child on the spectrum feel more comfortable. Social stories are intervention strategies that are generally visual, written in first person text and always from the point of view of the autistic child.
Social stories can be used for transitions, changes to routines, learning new skills, coping with hygiene issues and helping to pave the way to positive behaviours.
A good source of autism social stories is
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