Social interactions for a normally developing child come naturally. They can sustain conversation, have imagination and can interact effectively.
However for kids with autism spectrum the ability to make and keep friends does not come easy.
Children on the autism spectrum have impaired abilities with social and communication skills, making them easy targets for bullies. They lack the ability to understand non-verbal communications such as facial expressions and body language.
Children on the autism spectrum also have difficulties with language. They do not understand jokes, humour, wit, puns and sarcasm.
Their unusual use of language can also make them appear odd, for example children on the autism spectrum may refer to themselves by name; ”Barry wants a drink” rather than “can I have a drink”. This can make them appear weird to their peers leading to social difficulties.
Kids with autism spectrum especially asperger syndrome children do want to be social, but find difficulties with being a good friend.
Research shows that children with autism can learn social skills directly using autism social skills stories. Here is an example of using autism social skills stories to teach autism social skills…
Jacob is a year seven student on the autism spectrum having trouble with the transition from junior to senior school. Jacob is the only student on the autism spectrum from his junior school to move to his senior school and he knows no body.
An appropriate autism social skills story was put in place to help Jacob make friends. Jacob was able to understand what he needed to do to make and maintain friendships.
Result summary on Jacob showed a vast improvement in Jacob’s behaviour in school as his ability to sustain friendships grew with the use of autism social skills stories.
For social skills stories to help your autistic child learn vital social skills on topics like making friends, hygiene issues and other social skills your autistic or asperger syndrome child is struggling with visit: