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AS and personal space

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debs40 Tue 25-Aug-09 00:03:27

How do you explain personal space to those with AS and how do you encourage the development of respect for it?

I know it can be a common problem and certainly DS finds it very difficult to both deal with invasions of his personal space when playing and to not invade others.

I wonder if anyone had any tips for explaining this

iamunreasonable Tue 25-Aug-09 00:20:13

With my DS the SALT explained about an invisable bubble around people

if you became too close to others you need to push yourself away

and if you felt others became too close to you, you had to bounce backwards

she did use visual props too, it was a few years ago now so not sure I can find a link

I'll go search....

streakybacon Tue 25-Aug-09 07:09:38

I've got a social story about personal space, if you'd like to try it out. It's quite long because it's a difficult subject to explain simply, but it might give you some ideas to use.

Email me at if you want to see it.

debs40 Tue 25-Aug-09 09:26:54

Thanks folks. Streaky - have sent you an email ta

streakybacon Tue 25-Aug-09 10:59:22

Have emailed you Debs40
Let me know if it's received - the attachment is quite large.

debs40 Tue 25-Aug-09 11:14:41

Thanks - I've got it and it looks perfect! You're a star!

Marne Tue 25-Aug-09 18:57:27

We used streakybacons social story which worked really well with dd1 when she was 4, she did have a few weeks where she kept telling people to keep out of her personal space grin. She still gets very close to peoples faces but now only does it to family members and close friends.

streakybacon Wed 26-Aug-09 07:42:54

That's great to hear, Marne, really pleased it helped smile

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