This is the first of several postings on the topic of using visual-based social skills training methods for children on the autism spectrum to help raise awareness of social cause and effect.
It has been observed that many individuals on the autism spectrum tend to have a style of learning that is predominately visual. Temple Grandin, in her book, Teaching Children with Autism, describes how she visualizes the process of meeting new people: “When I think about abstract concepts such as relationships with people, I use visual images such as a sliding glass door. Relationships should be approached gently because barging forward too quickly might shatter the door.”
(Here is a 6-minute Youtube segment in which Grandin articulates this further) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcWx8UVhzpQ&feature=related
In this series of blog postings, I will describe several hands-on, visual methods I have used to help children with autism spectrum disorders to learn about social skills in relationships.