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Teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

We all need to be able to communicate to express our thoughts, feelings, needs and wants. As typically developing individuals we learn the skills of both verbal and non-verbal communication naturally, through things like our peers, families, schools and the environment. The ability to naturally acquire communication skills is absent in autistic children.


We communicate for many reasons, to offer help, support, to alert children to hazards and dangers, learning and for recreation. As typically developing individuals we also have the ability to read and send non-verbal communication of our thoughts, wishes, desires, needs, hopes and so on. By communicating we can also share so our experiences and knowledge through verbal or non-verbal means.


For autistic individuals the ability to communicate affectively is missing!


However there are treatments and resources for autism available to parents and educators of autistic children that will help with teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors. One of these treatments and resources for autism is called social stories.


What exactly are social stories?

Developed to help autistic individuals learn a functional means of communication the social story is appropriate for children with autism to learn and use appropriate social and communication skills and behaviors the majority of us learn naturally.


For example making friends, learning to play, listen, ask questions, use the bathroom, understand school rules, share, take turns, understand personal space and so on…


Social stories are a significant factor in teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors and are widely used by parents and educators of autistic children with great success rates.


The social skills story is a short, visually rich, descriptive piece of text written in first person tense which sets out in a step by step visual plan a skill, behavior, situation, task etc. in a way the child with autism can understand and follow simply. It shows the child with autism the what, why, where and when making them more comfortable with the skill or behavior being taught or re-enforced.


The social skills story can be quickly and easily implemented and edited to suit individual needs. They can be read daily or whenever needed and can be used on their own or with other social stories depending on what help and support is needed.


To learn more about social stories for autistic children and young people; and how the can help you with teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors to your child with autism visit:

Or any of the following sites and gain immediate down load of social stories for autistic children and young people.

Teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

One of the major issues for children with autism is communication skills deficits. This is due to their condition; autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the brain of the individual, which results in deficits, in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills for example autism language is generally delayed.


All children are different and the severity of deficit will vary between individuals. In some children with autism language will be delayed, however around 9% of autistic children may never develop language.

Therefore the odds are your autistic child will develop speech, but their language development may be delayed. For autistic children communication both verbal and non verbal is not a natural skills and needs working on. With autism the ability to read another persons body language is missing and so is the ability to read faces making non-verbal communication extremely tricky.

A subtle nod, wink, glance or a knowing glare is not going to be interpreted as you would want it to be, which can lead to social misunderstandings and errors.


Making non-verbal communication stressful and at times socially isolating for the autistic child themselves. So how can you go about teaching autistic children communication skills that will actually help?

One method which has significant success rates is social skills stories. Reports and research into social skills stories shows tremendous success rates with teaching autistic children communication skills such as asking questions, staying calm, being a good sport, sharing, appropriate touching, a social kiss and so on.

Many parents and autistic educators use social skills stories for just about all social skills and behavior teaching form as varied issues as visiting grand parents, tooth brushing, flushing the toilet, using public toilets to recess and following school rules.


Generally written by experts in autism, parents or autistic educators these short visually rich social skills stories explain the issue, skill or behavior being taught in the first person from the autistic child’s point of view using appropriate language and images describing the situation and giving social cues.


To learn more about how and when social skills stories can benefit your child plus to gain immediate downloads of appropriate expertly written social skills stories visit one of the sites listed below:

All these sites give you immediate access to social skills stories for teaching both verbal and non verbal communication plus other social skills and behaviors for children with autism.


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