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Social skills stories as a strategy to teach communication skills

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

What are Social Skills Stories?

Social skills stories are written following a set formula to describe a situation or skill by using appropriate social cues. The social skills story should describe what happens in a specific social situation in a structured and consistent manner.

The social skills story should be visual as most autistic are visual thinkers and learners and will respond better to visual information and instruction.

Therefore the social skills story should give information through images and text rather than auditory or just plain written text. Each story should provide accurate information about what is happening in a specific social situation.

The social story answers the “wh” questions (who, why, where, when and what) as well as giving an insight into the emotions and thoughts of others. The social story is used as a means of explaining visually how to behave in a socially acceptable way.

Using social skills stories as a strategy to teach communication skills

The goal of any social skills story should be:

  • To provide the person with social cues for situations or skills.
  • To help the person rehearse a situation, and to respond appropriately
  • To help prepare for routine changes or new experiences.
  • To reduce negative behaviour.
  • To help reduce social blunders caused through lack of social understanding.
  • To help address any communication difficulties

Therefore using social skills stories as a strategy to teach communication skills is beneficial.

Social skills stories address communication difficulties effectively by providing a visual framework to help the autistic person feel more comfortable with the situation allowing them to rehearse appropriate responses.

Social skills stories work because

They address the “theory of mind”. Many individuals with autism do not act appropriately in social situations because they do not understand that others might have a different opinion to them, they often fail to understand verbal and nonverbal communications such as wit and humour, or that others may want to do something different to what they want to do.

Consequently communication difficulties are common and social situations can become unpredictable and confusing. Social skills stories help individuals with autism read situations and skills better and therefore react and act appropriately.

To learn more about what are social skills stories and how they can help your child visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

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.


For more information and immediate download of social stories used for teaching social skills to autistic students visit either:

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

 

Other social stories to teach social skills to autistic children can be downloaded from:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com