“I Can Ride the School Bus Safely" is an example of a social narrative, an evidence based practice found effective for teaching social and behavior skills to students on the autism spectrum as well as others with social and behavioral deficits.
It is based upon the Social Stories™ strategy, developed by Carol Gray. "I Can Ride the School Bus Safely" is written at approximately a second grade level but can be adapted for use with younger and older children. This story is specifically targeted to students who have difficulty maintaining appropriate behavior on the school bus. This story breaks down for them the discrete steps required to ride the school bus safely. Short, manageable amounts of text appear on each page, along with visual supports, to assist the struggling reader with comprehension.
This resource can be included as part of a plan for implementing IEP goals which target appropriate bus behavior or as proactive teaching strategy written into a behavior support plan. It includes a classroom poster, which can serve as a visual prompt for the skill. A number of worksheets are also included, designed to allow the teacher to more easily differentiate tasks among a range of learners in order to review and reinforce the presented concepts.