A majority of children with autism require social skills to be taught to them directly. This is because kids with autism are not going to acquire social skills as easy as younglings without autism develop naturally.
Social skills and children with autism:
Autistic children have a hard time when it comes to reading facial expressions and body language, their ability to “mind read” as some would call it is not present. Thus, they are socially unaware of an individual’s thoughts, mannerisms, and feelings which can result in some social mistakes.
On average, autistic children won’t be interested in the people and world that surrounds them. A normally developing child will already be able to smile at people, grasp fingers, copy simple gestures such as waving hello and goodbye, and imitate words by the time of their first birthday.
Children with autism won’t be able to relate and interact with other people in the same manner as most individual would. And in some cases, they might not have any interest in others at all. Children who have autism will mostly choose to be in their own company and will not make eye contact. Many autistic children will find it difficult to learn how to share and take turns much more than with other children their age. This puts off other children from wanting to play with them.
A normally developing child will be able to pick up and learn everyday life skills such as eating habits, saying “excuse me”, and toilet training naturally. An autistic child will have a hard time understanding and will fail to see the importance of learning or doing such social skills.
Social skills through social stories.
Using social stories for kids with autism, such as those provided by AdaptEd 4 Special Ed, you are able to help your autistic youngling learn important social skills through an interesting and interactive media that were specially written and design by experts in the field. Children with autism respond positively well to social stories, this is proven by research thus making these social stories 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. A good autism social narrative will tackle specific social skills, scenarios, or interactions. A good narrative for these stories to revolve around would be things such as going to the dentist, going shopping, recess, or moving schools.There are social stories pdf versions available to purchase for mobile devices.