A majority of children with autism require social skills to be taught to them directly. This is due to them not being able to easily acquire social skills the same way children without autism normally would.
Social skills and children with autism:
For children with autism, it can be difficult for them to read facial expressions and subtle body movement, their ability to read body language and understand the social cues from such is not present. This means they can be unaware of other’s mannerisms, feelings, and thoughts socially, which can result in social mistakes.
Usually, children with autism are not interested in people and the world around them. By the time of their first birthday, babies will naturally try to imitate words, imitate simple gestures such as waving hello or goodbye, grasp fingers, and will be smiling at people.
Children with autism will possibly not intermingle with other individuals in the same fashion as most people do. They even might not take interest in other people all together. Kids with autism will usually choose to be left alone and not make eye contact. Many autistic children can find it difficult to learn how to take turns and share, even more so than other kids. This makes kids not want to play with them.
Normal daily skills a normally developing child will be able to naturally pick up things such as eating habits, toilet training, and saying “excuse me”. An autistic child will have a hard time understanding and will fail to see the importance of learning or doing such social skills.
Teaching social skills through social stories.
Using social stories or social narratives for children with autism like the ones that are being sold by AdaptEd 4 Special Ed, you can help your special youngling learn valuable social skills through social narratives that are design by professionals in the field. Research has proven that autistic children respond positively well to social stories or social narratives that makes them great tools for teaching and re-enforcing important social skills.
When you are successful in teaching your child these social skills through these social narratives you are able to increase their self confidence which leads to positive results and improvement of their quality of life such as being able to form friendships at home and at school. Good autism social narratives will focus on specific social skills, interactions, or scenarios. Good examples of situations these stories might focus on would be – recess, going shopping, going to school, or a trip to the doctor.You can even find social stories pdf versions.