Addressing social and communication difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have social impairments these are common to autism; it is due to these social impairments that the autistic child may be unaware of the rules of social conduct, how to act in public or interactions.
Even though all autistic individuals have social impairments the level of disability and the combination of symptoms will vary from person to person.
Having social impairments is common to autism and at times can leave the autistic child open to bullying especially at school.
For many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder understanding language can also cause problems.
Generally kids with autism that display communication difficulties will misunderstand simple directions or questions and may take what is said too literally. For example; metaphors, humour, sarcasm, irony and other figures of speech (such as "watch what you say") can all be confusing.Due to their social impairments sometimes kids with autism can come across as rude or aloof. But while they may appear emotionally flat, the reality is that autistic child is far from unfeeling.
What may appear like indifference or insensitivity is actually due to social impairments, the inability to see things as other people do.
Treatments of Autism
Using treatments of autism for addressing social and communication difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be beneficial.
There are many treatments of autism available with social skills stories being probably the most significant for addressing social and communication difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Social Skills Stories are used effectively by parents, teachers, care givers and other professionals to help improve and teach social, imagination and interaction skills and behaviours as well as addressing communication difficulties, in children with autism.
- Social skills stories are treatments of autism that are easy to implement and need no formal training to use,
- Social skills stories can be downloaded from the internet or provided by your child's OT, speech therapist and sometimes school.
- Social skills stories help overcome social impairments by addressing social and communication difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, by helping the child with autism learn appropriate social skills and behaviours.
- The social skills story provides the child with autism a step by step visual plan detailing the key points or goals
- Social skills stories give the child with autism a chance to rehearse the skill or behaviour they are struggling with. Which will make the child feel more comfortable with and in the situation they are struggling with and less likely to become stressed or agitated.