Students with autism often have difficulty understanding who, when, and where they can touch others. Teaching them is an important social behavior skill that, in order to be successful, needs to be done in a consistent, easy to understand manner over time.
- differentiate appropriate/inappropriate touching behaviors
- improve vocabulary/language
- improve self-control and decrease impulsivity
Each four-picture story addresses specific behaviors related to self control when touching others. Your students learn why certain behaviors are wrong and learn the correct, alternative behavior as a replacement.
To reinforce learning, each lesson includes 10 Yes/No and 10 Wh- and How comprehension questions that will also improve expressive language skills. A simple role-play activity and easy-to-find props round out each lesson and create an exceptional learning environment for students with autism. The lessons are easy to adapt to individual, small group, or classroom therapy sessions.
Students with autism can unintentionally exhibit behaviors that are inappropriate. Help them understand and learn appropriate behaviors with Self Control When Touching. The lessons clearly define appropriate limits and behavior for:
- holding hands
- walking too closely
You may purchase Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control When Touching individually or as part of the Autism & PDD Picture Stories and Language Activities Social Behaviors 5-Program Set. The 5-program set consists of:
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Stories about specific social situations help students with autism syndrome disorders (ASD) understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
Repeated reading of stories about specific social situations improves social understanding for students with ASD (Gray, 2000).
Students with ASD should receive instruction in functional, spontaneous communication; new skill acquisitions; generalization and maintenance in natural contexts; and functional academic skills when appropriate (NRC, 2001).
Adolescents with autism decreased inappropriate behaviors after implementation of social stories with visual supports (Graetz, Mastropieri, & Scruggs, 2009).
Social Behaviors: Self-Control When Touching incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Graetz, J., Mastropieri, M.A., & Scruggs, T.E. (2009). Decreasing inappropriate behaviors for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders using modified social stories. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44(1), 91-104.
Gray, C. (2000). The new social story book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.
Kuoch, H., & Mirenda, P. (2003). Social story interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18, 219-227.
National Research Council (NRC), Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. (2001). In C. Lord & J. McGee (Eds.), Educating children with autism. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.