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Social Stories And Autism

By: Janine C Honour

Mostly children with autism will need to be taught social skills directly. This is because children with autism will not easily acquire the social skills a normally developing youngster does naturally.

Social skills autism:

Autistic children have difficulties reading body language and facial expressions, their ability to "mind read" is not present. This can mean socially they may be unaware of the thoughts, feelings and mannerisms others may display, which can lead to social mistakes.

Typically children with autism will not be interested in the world and people around them. By their first birthday, a normally developing youngster is already trying to imitate words, copy gestures is using simple gestures such as waving bye bye, is grasping fingers, and smiles at people.

Kids with autism might not interact with others the way most people do. They might not be interested in other people at all. Kids with autism will not normally make eye contact and may choose to be alone. Many children with autism have difficulties with learning to take turns and sharing, much more so than other children. This can make other children unwilling to play with them.

Normal everyday living skills your normally developing youngster will copy and pick up naturally, like toilet training, eating habits and saying excuse me... the autistic child will struggle to comprehend and fail to understand the importance or indeed why at all they need to learn the skill.

By using daily life skill social stories for autism children. You can help your autistic youngster understand and remember these important social skills. Social stories and autism...Research has shown that children with autism respond very well to social stories making them excellent tools for re-enforcing and teaching important social skills.

Success in teaching social skills can increase self-confidence and lead to positive results in other areas of your autistic child's life, like friendships, school and at home. A good autism social story will focus on a particular social situation, skill or interaction. A trip to the dentist, moving school, going shopping, or recess - these are all good examples of situations a social story might focus on.

Daily life skill social stories for autism children, concentrate on teaching the appropriate social behaviors, explained in the form of a story. How a social story is put together:

The social story is made up of four different types of sentences: Descriptive, direction, perspective and control.

Descriptive sentences provide information about specific social settings or situations, for example they provide cues to what the person sees, who is involved, and what happens, For example: At lunch time most of the children will go to the dinner hall.

Perspective sentences describe the feelings, emotions, thoughts, and/or mood of other people. Describing the way a situation is viewed by some body else, many kids with autism have difficulties understanding how others see things. For example: Usually, when people are happy, they smile. Smiling makes people feel good.

Directive sentences provide the autistic person with information about what they should try and do, to be successful in the situation. For example: If I stay calm in class, I will learn more.

Control sentences provide the autistic youngster with how, for example: I can count to ten and calm down.

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