Social Stories

Teaching Social Skills at school

One of the best tips I ever got was to put a social-skills goal into my child’s IEP. I had to push a little, but as parents of children with autism, we know we have to push!

School is tough. It brings a huge sensory bombardment, transitions from one activity to another, constant need to co-regulate with peers and teachers, academic demands, just DEMANDS in general! Add in the inability to take breaks, engage in stimming, and regulate their environment- school can be really stressful to a child with autism. One strategy that we have found to deal with the social pressure and situations at school are social stories.

Social stories are a valuable tool for teaching social rules, norms, and expectations of a situation.

This technique was developed by Carol Gray to help children read and understand social situations. It teaches appropriate social behaviors in the form of a short story. These stories can be tailored to an individual child or teen and tailored to a specific situation.

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A great site to find help with social stories is www.livingwellwithautism.com/social_stories

Here’s an example of a social story from Living Well With Autism

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Autism Support Now is a Parent advisory blog and media site presented by "Ella's Hope for Autism" a 501c3 public charity in Missouri. This site is built for parents dealing with Autism . . . by parents dealing with Autism. Hope and Sam McPheeters (founders of Ella's Hope) have two children on the spectrum, and strive to provide continued advice for other parents, who are dealing with the same issues..