Therapy Thursday: Social Stories

Social Stories are a tool for teaching social skills to children with autism and related disabilities. Social stories provide an individual with accurate information about those situations that he may find difficult or confusing… The goal of the story is to increase the individual’s understanding of, make him more comfortable in, and possibly suggest some appropriate responses for the situation in question.
from www.polyxo.com

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Some students with Autism respond very well to social stories. I have one student that loves all vehicles. We created this story for him to help him get through assignments and activities that he does nto like. He reads it every morning so that it becomes an automatic part of his thinking. When he repeats the social story in his head, he is able to remember that fun things will be coming soon. This helps releive his anxiety and get through the non-preferred activity.

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  1. What a great idea. It must be so rewarding to teach children and see the fruits of your labor.

  2. Its great that some respond so well.

  3. I too am a speech pathologist working in public schools. I had made this change after 12 year working exclusively with adults. Our county has recently just started a self-contained classroom for some of our autistic students. I’m finding myself practicing in a whole new realm and I am so encouraged and inspired by the work and education you share our your blog. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am learning so much from you. Hopefully I’ll be more like you when I grow-up!

  4. social stories and social groups have really helped my aspi.he has trouble with his body bubble and learning to stop talking and taking turns when others speak.It teaches him that its not always about him and social cues.its wonderful!

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