Social stories help children learn the skills they need to make good choices that will increase their social acceptance and life skills.
Social stories work because they relate to the child's life experiences, are visual, and are custom-written in language a child can understand.
1. START with the child's favorite topics.
2. INTRODUCE them at neutral times.
3. ALTERNATE stories about behavior correction with less sensitive topics, such as self-care
4. SHOW only one page and image at time.
5. SLOW down your language while reading and allow time for questions.
6. PACE yourself. Present one social story a week. Don't overload your child with information.
7. SEEK out teachable moments to reinforce learning, such as hands-on learning opportunities, movies, videos, and books that deal with the same subject.
8. REPEAT readings of the social story, until mastery is achieved.
9. MODIFY social stories for your child's abilities and your family's needs.
10. ASK your child's therapists, teachers, or other parents for help or ideas (or me!). Sometimes other kids have good ideas for teaching.
11. READ books and articles about how to use social stories effectively with people with autism.
12. HAVE FUN with social stories. The topics may be serious but you can still make the learning fun.
These documents are intended to be enlarged on a copier and cut up to make small booklets.
To make a booklet, purchase an inexpensive photo album ($1-$2), print and enlarge on a color copier.
Cut the pages and insert into the photo album to make a booklet.
Alternatively, bind the booklet by stapling the pages together, and cover staples with tape.
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