Autism Reflection Paper

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Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental disability. “It affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication and is marked by severe difficulties in communicating and forming relationships with people, in developing language and in using abstract concepts” ( O’ Brien, 2015). A person with autism perceives the world very differently from a person without autism. No two people with autism will present in exactly the same way or have the same needs. They are all individual characters with differing needs and strengths who have in common difficulties or differences affecting social interaction, communication and social imagination. These three areas are known as the ‘triad of impairments’. There is also a fourth…show more content…
From the observation I have gathered all of David’s strengths in needs which I will use in order to help him in areas he tends to find difficult. From these findings we have found that David has a lot of difficulty with routine, especially in the classroom. Also Davis has no social interaction with his peers in his class and due to this he has no friends and is excluded from games in the playground which tends to upset him. He finds it difficult to remember the names on the children in his class. David also lacks cognitive ability and skills. Along with David’s needs we also discovered many of his strengths. He is extremely creative and loves drawing and art time in school. He also loves pictures and designs and all the different colours shapes and sizes tend to relax him. The first activity I will carry out is a Social Story. It is one of the most useful methods for developing social skills. A Social Story can be either a visual or written guide describing several social interactions, skills, behaviours, situations, or concepts. According to Gray (2010) ‘a Social Story describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily

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