Conversation Skills and Autism

Teaching conversation Skills to Children with Autism.

Wow today we are ecstatic parents of a child with Autism!

For quite a number of years I have been working on Isybees conversation skills. She has a great grasp on vocabulary and spelling however to get her to have an unprompted conversation has been a real challenge.

Autism & Conversation Skills

The strategy I have used has been to tell her stories at night when she goes to bed, but with a twist. It starts with Isy saying Dad tell me a story about” – she has to tell me what she wants the story to be about and who she want in it. I make up the stories on the fly using the criteria she has set, and I must admit sometimes they are crazy and imaginative, but she always enjoys them.

It started about 10 years ago where I would tell her stories about her favorite characters from books and tv shows such as Spot, Telly Tubbies, Fireman Sam – etc. It was a sort of interactive story telling where Isy would tell us what she wanted the characters to do. It grew from there. (How to teach an autistic child conversation skills)

For a while now I have been trying to turn the table around by getting her to make up and tell me a story. However it would never get very far and Isy would quickly turn the table back. I could see that she really wanted to tell a story but she seemed to have difficulty in imagining and then putting it into words, the same difficulty she seemed to have with starting or carrying on a conversation.

Isy, tell me a story about –

But today – a breakthrough! For a few years now because dad works away for a few weeks at a time sometimes the stories are over the phone, pretty much the same deal but on the phone and before Isy goes to bed. Today on the phone she seemed quite chatty so I gave it a go and asked her to tell dad a story after I told mine.

It took a bit of persuasion and Isy was keen and giggling and then she did it! She started to tell a story with the same characters she had asked dad to tell her a story about, but with a different scenario. She kept going and going thinking of the plot and telling the story. It was AWESOME!

It lasted quite a few minutes but I hung on every word and it could have easily been a few hours – it was the best story I’d ever heard!


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Clubs for People with Autism & Special Needs

Finding the right Club can be a tricky task

Clubs for people with Autism
We recently came across an excellent website while searching for social clubs for children with Autism and Special needs. Isybee is now of an age where she enjoys socialising and dancing with other children of her age so we started to look for clubs that might cater for her.
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Autism – Evolution in the Making.

Autism Evolution in the making
Could Autism ASD be Human Evolution in the making?
Autism awareness month is April, so I thought we would post something which would possibly raise some eyebrows about the subject of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Evolution.
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Mainstream Schools vs Special Schools for Autism

Mainstream vs Special Schools for Autism

Mainstream or Special School, What is Better for Children with Autism?

Schools for Autism – Mainstream or Special?

We have had quite a lot of exposure lately to the subject of Mainstream Schools and Special Schools for children with Austism.

There are quite a few arguments / opinions for and against both, and a very large factor is the school and staff itself, regardless of whether it is Mainstream or Special Schools for Autism and other disabilities.
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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

It is Autism Awareness Month and it is staggering the number of children being diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders, at the moment 1 in 88 children are being diagnosed and 1 in 54 boys will be diagnosed with Autism. It is still difficult to say for sure whether it is because of heightened awareness and therefore more children being diagnosed than before, or whether it is because of more children actually being born with or having a late onset of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Continue reading

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Autistic Children’s Pragmatic Language – Conflict Resolution & Social Skills

Research of Pragmatic Language Problems, Conflict Resolution and Social Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hi all and a Happy New Year 2012.

Ph.D. Psychology Student Autism Research

The first post for this year is about research being conducted by a Psychology student at Walden University in the USA.

Kristin Yodock is looking for volunteers that fit the criteria, Autistic youngsters who may be able to help her in her research into Autistic Children’s Pragmatic Language,Conflict Resolution & Social Skills. Continue reading

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Occupational Therapy for Autism.

Occupational Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders

It is important that any therapy is fun for the child

Occupational Therapy For Independent Living

According to various Occupational Therapy Associations, Occupational Therapy helps individuals achieve and hone skills which allow them to live an independent life. These are skills that can be specifically targeted to children and adults within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders. Continue reading

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DSM-5 Changing Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnosis

Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnosing Criteria will change in May 2013

DSM-5 Autism Disorders

The way in which Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome, are diagnosed are going to radically change in May 2013. At the moment the DSM-4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) criteria is being used to diagnose and categorise Autism Spectrum Disorders, within the Spectrum there are currently 2 main categories – Autism and Aspergers. With the new criteria of DSM-5 Apergers Syndrome, CDD (Childhood Disintegrative Disorder) and PDD NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)will also fall into the general category of Autism Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorders. The new proposed DSM-5 (DSM-V) will do away with Aspergers all together and they will all fall within one label – Autism Disorders with specific symptom identifiers. Continue reading

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Puberty

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Puberty

Explaining Physical and Emotional Changes

At some stage your child within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders will reach puberty. It can be a difficult time for a child and parents of a child without a disability, and so for a child with a disability like Autism it can be all the more difficult.

How do you go about explaining to an Autistic child who has difficulty in communicating and understanding, about how and why their bodies and feelings are making such a drastic change at puberty?. For girls it can be an even greater challenge as they go through major physical changes to which if they don’t understand can be a very traumatic event. Continue reading

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Coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder Meltdowns and Behaviours

Coping with Autism Meltdowns and Behavior

What is an Autism Related Meltdown?

A child with Autism can be very prone to meltdowns in public and unfamiliar places. Meltdowns can be described as a tantrum or fit of rage as the child may be confused or stressed due over loaded sensory inputs or an unfamiliar place and situation. Continue reading

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