Posts Tagged ‘teachers of autistic students’

Building social skills in autistic children

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Social skills are difficult to understand for many children with ASD, and parents find teaching every day social and communication skills challenging. The social skills story has become an excellent tool for teaching those valuable skills.


Quite often teaching a child with autism social and communication skills can become a primary focus for many parents and teachers of autistic students.


An autistic student with social skills deficits will struggle in a mainstream classroom unless their taught appropriate social and communication skills. Success in teaching an autistic student social skills can increase self-confidence, understanding, the autistic student’s attention span and general behaviour within the classroom, which can all help the autistic student reach his or her full potential.


Research into autism has shown us building social skills in autistic children is beneficial if the child is to “fit in” socially with their peers.


Social skills stories were designed initially to aid communication deficits in children with ASD. However, today they are used more widely as a strategy in teaching autistic children social and communication skills thus addressing their social skills deficits.

A social skills story is much like a role model, this has been prove a successful strategy in teaching autistic children. A social story is a short visual story that describes with images and text a particular social skill being acted out (modelled).


The social skills story shows the skill from the child’s point of view in small easy to follow pieces. Using visual images the social skills story shows a step by step plan answering the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what) as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others, much like reading a script of the skill, this is allowing the autistic child to rehearse the skill.


A social skills story can also be used to help with transitions, changes to routines and other less common situations. Using the same formula social skills stories will help parents and teachers with building social skills in autistic children effectively.


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How do visual aids help special ed children

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Students with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder often struggle in the classroom. For autistic students the classroom is confusing and can cause unnecessary stress. Students with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder may have problems with things like understanding instructions, listening following rules, changes to routines, transitions and friendships as well as other issues such as sensory processing, toileting, behavior and so on.


These issues will require special handling for the student with autism to feel comfortable in class and throughout the school day. Visual aids for autism can help alleviate many of these issues.

Visual aids for autism can make a huge difference to the student with autism and actually help them achieve their potential. For many autistic students using visual aids for autism such as social stories is a real benefit.

Generally teachers of autistic students will be aware of all autism classroom accommodations and will have taken their autistic students needs into account before the student with autism begins school. Many teachers of autistic students use social stories to help teach their student with autism appropriate social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors. As well as helping the student with autism cope with and understand the rules of school, as well as what is expected of them during the day, and what they can expect from others.

So let’s examine how do visual aids help special ed children – simply be making them more comfortable in and with situations, events and tasks they feel stressed by of fail to understand.

A social story is always written in the first person with visual cues and prompts appropriate to the skill or behavior being mastered. The social story is a visual step by step plan of a task broken down into small easily digestible chunks with focus being given to the key points the “social cues” which the student with autism can follow easily. They can be edited to suit individual needs and printed to make the accessible anywhere. So for example the social story can be used in the playground, outside school, in any class and so on in-fact anywhere it is needed to help support the autistic student.


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Teaching Autistic Students Using Social Skills Stories

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Probably the most significant difficulty for autistic students is their social skills deficits. Many teachers of autistic students report that teaching social skills to their autistic student can quite often become the primary focus. For many students with autism lack of social skills in the classroom can lead to social misunderstanding, isolation, bullying and stress. Consequently many teachers of autistic students feel teaching autistic students social skills can lead to positive behaviors, inclusion and confidence in the autistic student.


Therefore teachers of autistic students turn to techniques such as social stories to teach their autistic students vital social and communication skills. Social skills stories focus on a particular social situation or interaction. For example transition into a new school or class, meeting a new person, recess even assembly all examples of situations within the school day that an autistic child may struggle with, but with the use of social skills stories can learn to cope with and master.

Social skills stories are a very effective autism tool used to teach social skills to autistic children. The social story should give the autistic child exact no frills information about a social situation or behavior that they find confusing or stressful. The goal of a social story is to describe in precise detail giving clear focus to the key points of the skill being taught.


Therefore teachers of autistic students agree using social stories can help alleviate many “meltdowns” teach appropriate behaviors and generally help calm stressful and confusing times for the student with autism. Always written following a set pattern and using appropriate first person text the social skills story can help the autistic child comprehend and master any skill or behavior they may be struggling with. The social story uses visual images or pictures to help describe the skill, generally most children with autism are visual learners and find following visual cues and prompts easier than oral or written information.

An example of using social skills stories, typical scene “before social skills stories”

It is time for assembly the whole school will be there. You know what will happen it happens often your student will be overwhelmed, over stimulated, stressed and confused. He will become agitated and upset, other children may laugh and become distracted. You will be stressed, you may be able to clam him but more often than not you will need to remove him from the assembly.


An example same event; “using social skills stories”

It is time for assembly the whole school will be there. You know what will happen it happens often your student will be overwhelmed, over stimulated, stressed and confused. But this time YOU have a social skills story, You can read and share the social skills story before assembly, this time your student with autism knows what will happen, what to do and how to act, he is prepared and calm, YOU can relax and enjoy the assembly.

During assembly he begins to feel uncomfortable, you read him the social skills story or he can read it himself to re-enforce his behavior, this clams him and de-stresses him again. No meltdowns, tantrums, confusion or stress.

This is just one simple example of using social skills stories. A social story can be implemented for teaching social skills to autistic students easily and effectively.

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Resources and students with autism

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by significant deficits in the development of communication, social, imagination and interaction skills, abilities and behaviors.


Students with autism spectrum disorder range in abilities and disabilities, from students with autism spectrum disorder that have severe intellectual disabilities to students that are intellectually gifted. With appropriate resources all students with autism can learn.


Although some autistic students may present educational disabilities and challenges, appropriate resources and students with autism can help them learn well, teacher implement systematic, and individualized teaching practices. As well as appropriate autistic resources such as PECS, daily schedules and social stories for autistic students.


Teachers of autistic students can help their autistic students by providing clear structure to the environment. Provide autistic resources and tools such as PECS, schedules and social stories ensure that the flow of lessons and activities is understandable and predictable.

Teachers of autistic students should have a clear focus on building and developing social and communication skills. This will help the student with autism develop skills for their current and future life in school, college, work, home, and community.

Students with autism display deficits in understanding and using speech as well as communication both verbal and non-verbal.

All autism classroom accommodations need to be expressed in a way that the student with autism can understand. This can be achieved through the use of schedules and social skills stories for autistic students.

Autistic children tend to be visual learners. In addition to providing autistic visual supports for understanding classroom expectations, many students with autism spectrum disorder will also need autistic visual supports to help them find means of communicating both verbally and non-verbally.


Generally all students with autism will have deficits with communication and may display difficulties expressing their needs and desires.

Teachers are finding the use of autistic visual supports such as social skills stories is helping students with autism cope within the school and classroom environment more efficiently. Social skills stories are actually helping students understand autism classroom accommodations easier as well as the rules of the school, plus what is expected of them throughout the day.


Social skills stories are used widely for autistic children and can now be downloaded straight from the internet. Sites offering autistic students school resources such as:


Are easy to navigate and offer excellent support to teachers of autistic students as well as parents and other professionals; resources and students with autism.


Other sites offering downloads of social stories include: