Social Stories on the Fly

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.

sorry about the obvious word-skipping on that first one. I was distracted….

See, social stories can be easy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Oooh, I think I will use this one with my son.
    Social cues are sometimes tricky for him.

  2. I like this idea. Queen Teen has no problem talking, but she often misses when people are starting a conversation with her, and she has a very hard time keeping up a conversation. Perhaps we can map it out ahead of time this way.

  3. Julianne Sommer says:

    I find myself coming up with social stories on the fly a lot with my kiddos. There just always seems to be a new need that needs to be addressed so that we can make it through the day without a lot of major issues. The aides at my school are great with working these stories in with my kiddos at the beginning of the day and whenever the need arises.

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