Posts Tagged ‘teens with autism’

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Generally “normally” developing teenagers learn social skills through observation and parental instruction; this is not the case for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Typically adolescents with autism spectrum disorder lack The Theory of mind and can find social skills difficult to master without direct teaching.

What is The Theory of mind – simply put The Theory is the ability to predict another person’s thoughts or emotions through observation – “reading facial expression, gestures, body language and speech inflection”

For teenagers with autism this is a skill that they lack, and therefore need help to learn.

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism is necessary and can be achieved through Intervention Strategies like social stories.

We all need basic social skills, this is especially important during puberty. For teens with autism puberty can be very confusing, Intervention Strategies like social stories can help alleviate some of the difficulties and stress surrounding this time in the teens life.

A social story is like a visual framework of a skill or behaviour set out in terms of the relevant social cues. So for example a social story can be used to teach personal hygiene rules, personal space, no touching, transitions and so on, in-fact almost any skill the teenager with autism is struggling with.

For teens with autism puberty is confusing, a changing body and feelings can add up to anxieties which can lead to meltdowns and isolation. By putting social stories in-place for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder you can help them make sense of this period in their lives.

Social stories are short descriptive stories that use visual images/pictures to describe a skill or situation from the autistic teens point of view. The social story will answer the “wh” questions – who, what, where, when and why as well as “HOW” and will provide autistic teens an insight into what other people may be feeling or thinking.

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism using social stories is beneficial to learn more about how social stories for teens with autism can help your adolescent visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

Where you will find information on social stories as well as have the chance to download social stories for teens with autism on puberty and other issues the teen may be facing.

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

Teach the autistic teen social skills using social stories for autistic teenagers

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

What are teens with autism spectrum disorder like? And what are the autism effects on teenagers?

The teenage years are for the vast majority of us our most social years.

But if you’re autistic they CAN be stressful and confusing. So how can YOU HELP your teen cope with this confusing period in their life.

The autism effects on teenagers are still similar to those displayed as a child. The teen on the spectrum will have difficulties with social situations, such as making friends, they will struggle to start and sustain conversations, may prefer to be alone, have difficulties joining in activities and lack imagination.

Many autistic teenagers can appear rude, aloof even in some cases withdrawn. However some autistic teens may be aggressive display tantrums, shout and generally be difficult to control which can cause stress within the classroom and home as the autistic teenager grows so does their strength and capabilities to be destructive.

For many teens with autism spectrum disorder lacking the ability to express their emotions like anger, fear and frustration in ways that are acceptable may cause difficulties, and a behaviour which was acceptable as a child may become inappropriate as the teen with autism spectrum grows older.

As their body alters and hormones rage many teens with autism spectrum disorder can become anxious and confused. The teen on the spectrum will have a lack of social understanding which can cause stress, coupled with a lack of understanding as to what is happening to them physically, this can be a recipe for disaster.

Treatments of autism that teach the autistic teen social skills are available and in the majority of cases prove successful.

Teenagers with autism respond well to help with social skills training. Research suggests that social skills training helps reduce the anxieties.

Teachers and parents of ASD teenagers use treatments of autism such as social stories for autistic teenagers to help them teach the autistic teen social skills and address communication difficulties, such as asking questions, respecting personal space, making friends, menstruation and so on.

The social skills story gives focus to the key points and helps the teenager with autism find answers and techniques for those situations they struggle with.

Social stories for autistic teenagers answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the teenager with autism an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others, which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals. The social skills story also helps to reduce anxieties and confusion.

A social skills story can be used to help with transitions, hygiene issues, puberty as well as less common issues like appropriate kissing and touching.

Social skills stories use visual images and appropriate first person text in a set formula to describe the situation or skills the ASD teen is finding difficult.

To find out more about how social skills stories will help you to teach the autistic teen social skills and address their communication difficulties visit and get downloads of social stories for autistic teenagers

Where you will find information on what are teens with autism spectrum disorder like and social stories for anyone caring for an ASD teen.

Address healthy hygiene habits in teens with autism

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Scores of parents of teens with autism worry that they will not “fit in”. This concern is heightened by the autistic teenager’s difficulties in mastering hygiene abilities and routines, particularly hygiene difficulties surrounding puberty, such as autistic girls and menstruation.
Hygiene abilities are essential life abilities but for lots of autistic teenagers developing healthy hygiene habits can be difficult . As a result direct teaching of healthy hygiene habits in autism is important.
For a lot of parents of young adults with autism puberty can be very stressful, parents look for ways to clarify puberty and educate healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism. Parents turn increasingly towards autistic supports like as social skills stories, designed to assist them to deal with this challenging period in their child’s life.

Social abilities stories were originally developed as a means of communication, but soon grew in popularity and use. At present social abilities stories are used more extensively to teach social, imagination and communication abilities and behaviours as well as a method of communication.

Using appropriate language and visual images, social stories are used as autistic supports for individuals with an ASD and similar conditions. The social story offers the teen with autism with a role model of precisely how to master the situation or skill.

The social story answers the “wh” questions ~ who, where, why, what and when as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, emotions and thoughts of others. Focusing on the foremost key questions and cutting out all the frills, individuals with an ASD respond well to autistic supports such as social stories, which relieve anxieties and make the teen with autism more at ease with and in the situation.

Consequently many parents of teens with autism make use of social skills stories to instruct healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism.

Parents of autistic teens put into practice social skills stories to help with autistic hygiene issues such as:

? autism and going to the bathroom
? puberty and autistic girls
? autistic teenage hygiene ~ using deodorant
? autistic girls and menstruation
? taking a shower
? taking a bath

As well as addressing healthy hygiene habits in teenagers with autism, social stories also help to teach many autistic hygiene issues, all significant to a healthy life style.

To download social abilities stories for dealing with healthy hygiene habits in teenagers with autism as well as addressing healthy hygiene issues in autistic teens you can visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

From this website you can instantly  download 20 social skills stories for healthy hygiene issues in autistic teens and children.

Other social skills stories for autistic teens dealing with puberty, school, friendships and other related concerns are found at: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

Social stories on other social and communication difficulties can be found at:
http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Teenage years with autism

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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 don’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 teen’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 “wh” questions – who, where, why, when, what as well as “how” 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:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autisticteen.html

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.

Other sites offering social stories can be located at: 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

Teaching self help skills to teens with autism

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Teenagers with autism tend to miss many social cues therefore direct teaching of social skills is beneficial.

 

For typically developing teenagers learning acceptable social skills is difficult, they tend to miss subtle cues, fail to recognise changes to tone of voice, facial expression body language changes and so on. Having social skills deficits, being unable to read verbal and non verbal signals is going to hinder a teen with autism.


Having social skills deficits is common to all teenagers with autism, the degree of symptom is dependant on the individuals own degree development as no two teens with autism will ever be the same.


Treatments of autism developed to help teens on the spectrum cope with and learn acceptable social and communication skills are beneficial.

 

One of the major treatments of autism used around this time is social stories. Many teens on the spectrum will already be familiar with the uses of social stories and may have used them through school and growing up.

 

Social skills stories were first developed twenty years ago to help aid communication for children with autism. But since then their use has increased and today they are widely used for all individuals with autism to help them not only communicate but also learn social, interaction, communication and imagination skills and behaviours. They are also used extensively for teaching self help skills to teens with autism with good effect.

 

Teaching self help skills to teens with autism such as hygiene skills, puberty, menstruation and so on, all life skills a teen on the spectrum may struggle to understand but will undoubtedly need to learn.

 

Social skills stories are normally written following a set pattern of four main sentence types: Perspective, directive, descriptive and control sentences. The social story will use first person text in a manner individuals with autism understand. A social story is generally visual; individuals on the spectrum are visual thinkers and learners making visual representation beneficial and easier to comprehend.


The social skills story acts as a role model for individuals on the spectrum showing and answering the “wh” questions who, where, when, why, and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, expressions and feelings of others all helping the autistic teen feel more comfortable with and in the situation.

 

Teaching self help skills to teens with autism need not be an uphill struggle, using social skills stories is beneficial. To learn more about how a social skills story could benefit your autistic teen visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

Social stories specifically aimed at hygiene issues can be found at http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene


Other ASD teen social stories can be found at http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asd_teens


All ASD teen social stories are written by an expert in autism. Other social stories can be found at http://www.insideautisticminds.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com