A behavior story is a simple description of an everyday social situation, written from a child’s perspective. The situation is described in detail and focuses on the important social cues, events, expectations and ways for the child to react in the situation. Behavior stories are intended to be used with a child prior to an event. It is rehearsed with an adult so that when the event actually occurs, the child can use the story as a guide for behavior.
Comic Strip Conversations are a product of the work by Carol Gray. They are conversations between two or more people which includes the use of simple drawings in comic strip format. They provide additional support to individuals with autism in understanding and interpreting the quick pace of social situations that they may encounter.
Video Modeling is a visual teaching method that occurs by watching a video of someone modeling a targeted behavior or skill and then imitating the behavior/skill watched. It is a simple and effective teaching tool that motivates children to learn through a fun and enticing visual medium.When a student will attend to a video (on an iPad/Computer/TV) better than to another person in real life (which is often the case with students who have autism) it is more likely to be successful. An added benefit is that videos allow the student to re-watch certain steps repeatedly.
Social Interaction Opportunities are created by adults to promote use of simple interaction strategies for the students. Typically dyads are used vs. small groups. Providing opportunities for students to do classroom and school based errands, and to create hands-on structured art activities are ways to promote positive peer interactions.
I have a 3rd grader with Autism who is fully included. He is trying to gain attention from his peers by imitating their actions. His peers are becoming frustrated. How can we encourage him to interact better with his peers?