I was sitting with one of my new students this week and said his name to get his attention. He did not respond, in spite of several repetitions and a tap on the shoulder. So I grabbed a sheet of paper and started to write a social story–an instruction manual on what to do when someone calls your name.
Later, he began to pet my arm and my thermos. Although I told him that we do not touch other people’s things, he smiled and continued to touch. I wrote another “story”.
I quickly took a picture of the stories for my records, and then handed them to the assistant. Now she can review these stories with him daily (or more often if needed) to help him learn some of the “unstated social rules” expected in a classroom.
See, social stories can be easy! 🙂