Adolescence can be an exciting and yet very stressful time for many children and their families. If you teen is on the autism spectrum scale this can add extra worries and concerns, to say the least.
An autistic teen with surging hormones and no real concept of what is happening to them is not going to be easy.
For an autistic teen with, moderate and lower abilities on the autism spectrum scale, there may be difficulties with understanding what is happening to them, things like menstruation in autistic girls.
Generally for these autistic teenagers it will be more appropriate to actually help them cope with puberty and their individual needs whilst they are actually going through it for example menstruation or maybe there is an issue with appropriate touching, or masturbation. Rather than trying to teach autistic teenagers how or why before the event or skill is needed, this can cause confusion and un-necessary extra stress for them and for you.
For many parents giving an autistic teen help to learn appropriate social skills is difficult, there are various methods of autism treatments available and finding the right one to suit your own individual child can be stressful.
However for the vast majority of parents seeking help, visual supports such as social skills stories are proving to be beneficial.
Does your autistic teen need help to learn appropriate social skills?
Recent studies show parents that are using social skills stories for autistic teens are experiencing positive attitudes and behaviours when teaching their teen on the spectrum social skills using social stories as a strategy.
Using social stories as a strategy is beneficial for most situations and skills that are a cause for concern during the adolescent years.
Concerns like for example menstruation in autistic girls, friendships, respecting personal space, hygiene issues, puberty, and changing attitudes can all be addressed using a social skills story.
A social skills story is much like a role model, detailing the skill almost like a comic script using appropriate language in the first person and images showing the skill or situation in relevant social cues or key points.
The social skills story breaks the skill or situation down into small pieces and answers the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what) as well as giving an insight into the emotions and thoughts of others. Allowing the autistic teen to feel more comfortable with and in the situation by giving them an idea of what to expect as well as what others may expect from them, this can help avoid social blunders or misunderstandings.
To find out more about social skills stories for autistic teens visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens
Alternatively you will find social stories for asperger teens at: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents
Social stories help children and teenagers with autism learn social and communication skills
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