This product contains 7 social narratives as well as visual cues to support them. It includes 4 social narratives regarding managing anger when losing at basketball, baseball, lacrosse and soccer. There are also 2 social narratives that are more general social stories for losing games and another one that focuses on not directing or criticizing other players if they make a mistake in a game. A social narrative is a version of a social story™ , originally developed by Carol Gray, to support students with autism. They are very useful for helping individuals on the autism spectrum to understand others’ perspective, share information about new or problematic situations, and provide coping strategies for maintaining appropriate behavior and social responses. Each story is in a format with 1 idea and picture on each page and you can choose the pages that fit your needs. For instance, if taking a break is not an option, you can eliminate that page. Choose the pages for the story you want to use and either laminate the pages or put them in page protectors. Store the social stories in a notebook or bind them. Allow the student to review them as needed. Review the chosen social story with the student before the game. Role play the strategies like deep breathing before the game begins.
In addition to the stories, there are visual supports included for cueing a relaxation deep breathing sequence and a calm-down strategy to use during a game. Another strip offers options to make a mini-schedule or use for visual cues for the activities to help calm down that are discussed in the social story. Finally there are 4 option cards (purple border) that are designed to be visual cues to help the player remember the options available when upset.
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