Ch 5: Developing Communication & Social Skills of Students with Autism

About This Chapter

Chances are that at some point in your teaching career you will need to help children with autism develop strong and effective communication and social skills. The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you understand interventions and activities you can use to achieve this goal.

Developing Communication & Social Skills of Students with Autism - Chapter Summary

In this chapter's lessons, you will find strategies that will help you work with children with autism spectrum disorders to build social awareness and communication methods. Outlined in these lessons are group and individual activities such as role playing, writing assignments and visual supports. You will review certain models that have proven effective when implemented in the classroom. Once you have reviewed this chapter, you will have learned about:

  • Various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems and the SCERTS Model
  • Visual supports and schedules that improve the communication abilities of autistic students
  • Social cues to be taught in the classroom
  • Peer-driven methods to help students with autism develop communication and social skills
  • Group and role-playing activities designed to engage students with autism
  • Social skills strategies and activities for students with autism and low-functioning autism
  • Ways to help other students understand autism spectrum disorder

How It Helps

  • Provides effective strategies: Integrate teaching methods that will help the skills development of students with autism.
  • Teaches most recent methods: Implement current methods such as ACC and SCERTS in your classroom for the most effective results.
  • Improves student awareness: Use tactics that will teach non-autistic students about autism and the acceptability of everyone's differences.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain ACC and SCERTS systems and models and employ these methods in your classroom
  • Provide social cues for students with autism
  • Build social and communication skills through peer-mediated activities
  • Oversee group and role-playing activities designed to improve social skills
  • Increase awareness of autism spectrum disorder for all students

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Developing Communication & Social Skills of Students with Autism
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Sample Speech Therapy Goals for Autism

1. Sample Speech Therapy Goals for Autism

This lesson will discuss the unique speech therapy needs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and provide 15 sample speech therapy annual IEP goals for students with ASD and speech impairment.

What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?

2. What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?

The ability to communicate with others is one of our most basic needs. Let's look at some examples of augmentative and alternative communication and how they support individuals who have trouble communicating verbally.

Visual Supports & Schedules for Students with Autism

3. Visual Supports & Schedules for Students with Autism

Students with autism often need individual interventions in addition to the regular classroom instruction. Teachers can support students with autism by implementing visuals to help them understand classroom schedules and routines.

How to Write a Social Story: Examples & Ideas

4. How to Write a Social Story: Examples & Ideas

Social stories are often used with students with communication and behavior difficulties, to demonstrate appropriate behavior in different situations. This lesson will define and detail how to write social stories, and provide some examples.

Teaching Social Cues to Students with Autism

5. Teaching Social Cues to Students with Autism

Children with autism have an especially hard time interacting with their peers because of their inability to communicate appropriately. This lesson explores some tactics that can be helpful in teaching social cues to students with autism in a traditional classroom.

Peer-Mediated Interventions for Students with Autism

6. Peer-Mediated Interventions for Students with Autism

If you work with children who are on the autism spectrum, then you might be interested in using peer-mediated interventions to help them develop social and communication skills. This lesson discusses some effective intervention strategies.

Group Activities for Kids with Autism

7. Group Activities for Kids with Autism

Group activities can help forge relationships among autistic children, allowing them to develop social skills more readily. Engaging a child with autism can be challenging, but in this lesson we will learn some strategies for making it easier.

The SCERTS Model & Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

8. The SCERTS Model & Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The SCERTS Model is a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting children with autism spectrum disorder and those who care for them in educational and community based settings. This lesson reviews the key points of this model.

Social Skills Training for Students with Autism

9. Social Skills Training for Students with Autism

This lesson provides an overview of some of the social skill and interpersonal communication difficulties that students with Autism Spectrum Disorders face. It also provides some classroom scenarios of how teachers can help lessen these difficulties and directly teach social skills.

Social Skills Activities for Kids

10. Social Skills Activities for Kids

Social skills are important in every day life. Being able to interpret another person's non-verbal cues is a huge part of communication. This lesson offers activities, organized by age, for assisting students with practicing social skills.

Role Play Scenarios for Social Skills

11. Role Play Scenarios for Social Skills

Social skills come more easily to some students than to others. An effective way to teach proper social skills is through role playing. These ideas for role playing are designed to support effective social skills in students.

Low-Functioning Autism Activities

12. Low-Functioning Autism Activities

This lesson will provide you with example activities for students with low-functioning autism. This includes activities to improve sensory deficits and social skills.

Autism Awareness Activities for Kids

13. Autism Awareness Activities for Kids

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a disorder that affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and is often misunderstood. Read on for fun ways to bring awareness to your students of the many facets of autism.

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