A Diagnosis of Autism
Autism is probably one of the most common developmental disorders with 1 in every 150 children born receiving a diagnosis of autism.
As yet there is still no cure for autism and research into its cause continues.
A diagnosis of autism is always going to be difficult to accept, the autism child will almost certainly have the triad of autistic impairments which are deficits in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills.
The Triad of Autistic Impairments
So what does the triad of autistic impairments mean to your child? Autistic children do not develop socially in the same way as typically developing children they lack the ability to recognize and read body language and facial expression.
This is often referred to as "mind blindness" or the "theory of mind". Typically developing children learn how to recognize the thoughts and feelings of other people as they grow by people watching they begin to recognize certain expressions, postures and mannerisms, this ability is missing with autistic children.
Typically developing children are inquisitive and will want to please, copy, mimic and learn social behaviors.
Probably one of the most significant issues parents report after a diagnosis of autism is their fear their child will not be accepted socially and will struggle to make friends.
Treatments and Therapies for Autism
There are treatments and therapies for autism available to parents over the internet such as social skills stories for autism.
|First developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories for autism are designed to help autistic children learn and remember social and communication skills from basic every day life skills such as washing, brushing teeth and using the toilet to more complex skills like accepting a new baby into the family, making friends, buying new shoes, even attending the hospital or dentist.
Parents, teachers and care givers use social stories on a regular basis to teach and re-enforce appropriate social skills and behaviors to autistic children. Written by experts, using appropriate language from the point of view of the autistic child always written in the first person and visually rich social stories explain the why, what, where and when to the autism child.