Social Stories are a visual tool used to help teach social skills to children on the autism spectrum.
Autism social stories provide the individual with autism an explanation and visual framework of the skill or situation that they may find difficult or confusing.
Research shows that Autism social stories are an excellent visual tool which can be used to help reduce stress and inappropriate behaviours in some children with ASD. The social story also increases social understanding and has been reported as a good approach for helping children with ASD to reach their full potential.
The goal of a social skills story is to increase the child with autisms understanding of skills and social situations they are struggling to master and understand. By making the child with ASD more comfortable with and in the situation, and suggest possible responses they may receive from others.
Autism social skills stories follow specific sentence types: descriptive, perspective, directive and control. Introduced around twenty years ago as a means of communication, autism social stories have grown into a very popular visual strategy that can be used with all individuals on the spectrum regardless of age and ability.
Generally autism social skills stories are written by experts, teachers and parents to help teach social and communication skills to individuals on the spectrum. Autism social stories can be edited to suit all needs, personalized, printed and are portable making them convenient and easy to use.
A social skills story can be introduced to help deal with any situation or skill that the child on the spectrum needs help with. No formal training is needed to use autism social skills stories, site which offer support and expertly written social stories can be found using search engines such as Google.
Sites that offer social stories for children on the autism spectrum like http://www.autismsocialstories.com offer support and downloads of autism social skills stories for various situations and skills for a small fee.
A social skills story should be visual and use first person text, like a role model the social skills story will help with transitions, and changes to routines as well as teach and support social skills and communication difficulties.
For more information on this visual strategy visit any of the following sites and find social stories for children on the autism spectrum