For the vast majority of us the teenage years are probably our most social years.
However for teenagers with an ASD this time can be incredibly confusing; moving from childhood, going through puberty, becoming sexually aware and ending up in adulthood, this rapidly moving social time can cause stress and anxieties.
Some teens with autism can become aware of how different they are from their peers, realise they donâ€™t have many or any friends or a partner, or ideas for career choices.
For many teens with autism this will spur them on to learn appropriate social skills to “fit in”, for others it can mean isolation and in extreme circumstances even depression.
Deficits in social skills are the route cause of the majority of issues ASD teenagers encounter during this ever changing period of their lives.
For typically developing teenagers social skills are learnt naturally through watching, listening, intuition, gut feelings and good guess work! But for teenagers with an ASD these abilities are missing this is due to deficits in social skills.
Having a marked disability is social and communication skills can lead to social misunderstandings, for many parents, care givers and teachers this is a stressful and frustrating period in their teenâ€™s life, being unable to communicate with your teen and watching them struggle socially is not easy.
However, there are excellent resources which can help the ASD teen address deficits in social skills; resources such as social skills stories are known to be beneficial around this time.
Developed primarily to aid communication difficulties social stories are a major tool used in autism to help teach and encourage appropriate social skills, address communication difficulties, prepare for changes to routines, transitions, teach age appropriate behaviours and social skills, teach about hygiene, puberty and other skills that they ASD teen is struggling with.
Social skills stories need no formal training to use; are editable which is a real bonus as no two ASD teenagers will ever be the same and we all use different expression and language.
Generally social stories are visual, individuals with autism are visual thinkers and learners; therefore autism resources which are visual are better understood and will have the greater impact for learning.
Using first person text and from the ASD teenagers point of view social skills stories for teens with autism are much like a role model, answering the â€œwhâ€ questions â€“ who, where, why, when, what as well as â€œhowâ€ plus giving an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others.
Social skills stories are easy to implement and can be used for a vast variety of skills, behaviours and situations, they are printable making them convenient and portable.
The teenage years with autism need not be to traumatic, using social stories as a strategy has proven effective for many teenagers with autism. To learn more about the teenage years with autism and how social skills stories for teens with autism can benefit your teenager visit:
Where you will find 65 social skills stories for teens with autism, on subjects like, puberty, hygiene, friendships, appropriate behaviours, social skills and many more.
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