Generally most children on the autism spectrum will appear aloof even rude at times, free of pretences, oblivious to public opinion and not concerned with making a good impression. Children on the spectrum are honest, if you do not want a straight forward answer don’t ask, they will not pretend and will not care if they hurt your feelings by being honest.
For children with autism a lack of Social Skills can lead in many cases to bullying, isolation and ridicule. A child on the spectrum will not worry about how others perceive them or whether they are considered cool or not by their peers.
Having a lack of Social knowledge in autism is aided using supports designed to help teach children on the spectrum why they need social skills, what they are and how to conduct themselves.
Most autistic children are visual thinkers and learners and respond well to visual supports. There are many visual autistic supports available to use, but probably the most effective visual support for children on the spectrum is social stories.
Social knowledge in autism is a problem. Social Skills Stories tackle the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as give an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others.
For example: You’re at a friend’s house, your friend’s son is playing nicely with his toy, but your son wants that toy. You have tried to tell him to wait, you turn your back and there is a yell! Your friend’s son is crying nursing a bitten arm, while your son is happily playing with the toy. Your son has not waited to share or asked nicely, his social knowledge skills are missing, he wanted the toy therefore he took the toy.
What do you do? Stay in the home and never go out? NO of cause not, you teach your child on the spectrum appropriate social skills. Easier said than done? MAYBE…But introducing visual autistic supports such as social skills stories can really make a difference.
A social skills story is aimed specifically at children on the spectrum and can be printed out for ease of use and convenience. A social story can be edited and personalized to suit your child’s ability and language recognition.
Social skills stories are normally visually rich using visual imaged to show your child with first person text how and why we do what we do or why we use certain behaviours.
Social skills stories are used widely by parents, teachers, care givers and other professionals to teach a child on the spectrum appropriate social skills, they are also used to aid communication difficulties and to reduce negative behaviours such as biting, stimming, asking inappropriate questions and so on.
Social skills stories can also be used to help prepare for changes to routines, unexpected events or happenings, hygiene issues, in fact almost all social, communication and imagination issues can be dealt with by using social stories as a strategy.
To learn more about how to use social skills stories as a strategy when teaching social knowledge in autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com
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