Amanda - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
Hi there ...
Billy, our autistic 3-year-old, is starting to want to befriend other children, though his efforts are a bit clumsy. He does a lot of echolalia, repeating books and movies, and that's usually what he says to other kids when he tries to play with them, approaching them with a long scripted passage from a Charlie Brown cartoon, for instance, which just confuses them.
We're very into Floortime/DIR therapy (you can read about our experience with that, if you're interested at my blog, amandabroadfoot.com) which emphasizes creating desire for communication in children, and rewarding whatever attempts they make, rather than teaching them scripts.
That being said, our speech therapist recommended some video modeling and social stories to equip him on the playground to make social overtures. Does anybody have any experience with those, good or bad? Did it emphasize scripting, making the child less likely to say something original, or help jump-start communication with peers? Do you have any recommendations for creating effective social stories or video models?
Any help is greatly appreciated ...
Blogging for Billy at www.AmandaBroadfoot.com