Motivating an ASD student can be at times stressful and difficult. A student with ASD WILL NOT process information in the same manner as a typically developing student, this means that the student with ASD may think, act, re-act and behave very differently to the other students.
A child with autism spectrum WILL almost certainly have deficits in three main areas of development: social, communication (verbal and non-verbal) and imagination. These deficits can make teaching difficult.
There are various supports which CAN be used to HELP a child with autism spectrum cope and better understand skills and situations that they may or are struggling with.
Motivating an ASD student using visual supports like social skills stories, picture communication cards and flash cards is beneficial.
These visual supports for the ASD student can be easily implemented and are readily available from sites like
Typically social skills stories ARE short descriptive pieces of text which look almost like a comic script conversation. The social story WILL answer the “wh” questions – who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and will offer an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of considerable weakness in most children with autism.
The social story should always be written from the point of view of the ASD student and use first person text, it should always adopt a manner that the child with autism can relate to and better understand.
Generally social skills stories ARE visually rich using images and pictures to help explain to the child with autism spectrum what’s happening and why.
The social story should be editable as no two children with autism will ever be the same and we all use different terminology, therefore editing is often needed.
For more information on social skills stories for students with autism and communication cards please visit:
Where you will find immediate downloads of social skills stories for students with autism and related conditions.