This product contains 4 social narratives in 2 different formats as well as visual cues to support them. It includes the 4 social narratives regarding using a calm down routine to be ready for class, to calm down when excited, before being aggressive and asking for a break. 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 an identical story in which the whole story is contained on 1 page with a picture for each idea next to the line. Which one you use at what time will depend on the needs and developmental level of the student as well as the situation. Younger students typically do well with the multi-page stories but could use the 1-page stories as quick reminders in the situation.
In addition to the stories, there are visual supports included for cueing a relaxation deep breathing sequence, a calm-down strategy before entering class, and pictures that can be used for choice boards for activities during break time, including a variety of sensory activities as well as reinforcing or exercise-based activities. Finally there are multiple copies of a break card with a picture and without a picture. These can be used for students to request a break and correspond to the “I can ask for a break” social narrative. Breaks are best used when they include scheduled activities. The visuals for exercise and activities can be used to either choose or structure activities for a break.
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I Can Stay Calm: Social Narratives and Visual Supports for Autism (SPECIAL ED) by Christine Reeve is copyrighted for single classroom or caseload use only. This product may not be resold and can be copied for personal use within a classroom only. If extra copies are needed throughout a school district, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices. © Christine Reeve 2014