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Social stories for teaching social and communication skills to preschool children with autism

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Social stories are used to teach and re-enforce social and communication skills to preschool children with autism.  The social story is written in first person language and uses visual images to describe a social or communication skill in a manner the child with autism can understand.

Much like a comic strip conversation the social story  can help prepare for a change to routine, or help the child with autism learn or feel more comfortable with a situation, skill or behaviour that they maybe finding difficult to master or deal with; like for example potty training, or the transition into school.

The social story is used to break down the situation or skill into easily understood segments, by giving key focus to the main social cues. By using first person language and visual images or pictures the social story acts as a framework, or plan of the situation, skill or behaviour making it less stressful. This gives the child with autism time to practise the skill which takes away a lot of the anxiety they may be feeling.

For example a simple social story for potty training will detail the key social cues in a visual plan in first person language; for example “Sometimes I need to go potty”

A simple social story can be implemented for many different situations and skills. Normally written by experts social stories can be found and downloaded from various sources on the internet making them an accessible therapy for teaching social and communication skills to preschool children with autism.

Social stories for teaching social and communication skills to preschool children with autism can be downloaded from http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

Preschool can be a confusing time for a toddler with autism, and many parents find that the transition for their toddler with autism can be aided with social stories that help explain the “wh” questions (who, what, where, when and why).

To get immediate access to social stories for preschool children that use age appropriate language and images visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool
Alternatively for social stories for preschool children as well as older children and teens visit any of the following sites:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com
http://www.autismsocialstories.com/potty for potty training social stories

Having autism and the ability to mind read

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The term “Mind reading” probably conjures up thoughts of psychics and mystical beings. This however is not the case. As typically developing beings we have the ability to predict the thoughts and feelings of those around us, by reading the person’s facial and body language. This ability is often referred to as the theory of mind.

With autism however the theory of mind is missing, an autistic individual will struggle to predict emotion, thought, feelings and desires by simply reading the persons body and facial language and expression.

Consequently for those having autism this lack of theory of mind or non-verbal communication skills can cause social blunders at times, which in itself can leave the autistic individual open to bullying in some cases.

Research into autism suggests that children with autism can be helped learn and develop social and communication skills. Including non-verbal communication skills successfully, by using appropriate methods and treatments for autism and related conditions, such as visual support cards, PECS and social stories.

For many children with autism and the ability to mind read is aided successfully using these methods. Social stories are short descriptive visual representations of a skill or behaviour much like a visual framework they can follow. Taking a situation or skill that they are struggling with, like for example, respecting personal space and making it more predictable and routine.

All autistic individuals will want routine and sameness this is a symptom of autism. By using social stories you can easily make unpredictable situations, stressful situations even everyday skills and behaviours that the autistic individual is struggling with more routine, by giving them a clear precise structured framework to follow.

Social stories are appropriate methods and treatments for autism and related conditions. By using visual images, the social story makes it easier to understand the skill. For those with autism information is absorbed and understood far easier if that information is given visually as with visual support cards and social stories.

The social story follows a specific formula of specially designed short no frill sentences with visual images. To download appropriate social stories for children with autism and related conditions visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Or for other specific social stories for children with autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills