This is a must have for any teacher, counselor, speech and language pathologist, and parent who is working with adolescents with autism. This set of social stories focuses on problems within family dynamics. These social stories address the tough subject like alcoholism in families, drug addiction, and mental illness, money problems, and abuse. Many times young people with autism do not know the right questions to ask and do not understand how to make sure they are safe within the family structure. These social stories will address the problems that many families have and help them understand what is going on and how to best handle tough situations. The social stories that are included in this set help young people recognize and understand that family dynamics can change. Young people with autism do not like change and transitions in their lives. When a family structure is disrupted, it can cause anxiety, behavior problems, and/or withdrawal due to stress and lack of understanding and control.
My social stories provide proper terminology and are written without “no” words. It is important to understand this concept because we, as educators and parents, want to teach what we want the young person to do. This is done by giving replacement behaviors. My social stories have built in replacement behaviors /positive choice that the young person can choose from at the end of the social story that fits their individual needs.
The social stories in this product include the following topics:
* A family member who drinks too much
* A family member is a drug addict
* A family member has a mental illness
* There is abuse in my family
*A family member touches my private parts
* My family is having trouble paying the bills
Social stories are an effective in behavior modification for young people with autism. They are meant to teach the appropriate behavior. Social stories can be used as a teaching tool when a new lesson, or transition is introduced, or when the teacher, counselor, speech and language pathologist, or parent notices that a behavior is arising from change or other circumstances and the behavior needs to be extinguished.
Each of my social stories will address the following:
* A problem behavior
* When the behavior occurs
* Perspective of how others may feel
* Problem solving
* Optional Personalized Positive Choice
Each of my social stories can be used as they are written or they can be personalized. Room is left at the bottom of each social story so the student can select a positive choice from the options given on the positive choice pages at the end of the product. Select a positive choice, cut it out and glue it to the end of the social story for that young person. They will now have a social story that is personalized with their positive choice or replacement behavior.
Remember that social stories are most effective if read regularly to the young person with autism.