Having a job is a big responsibility. Students with autism often want jobs as they get older. Students with autism often have difficulty generalizing their behavior from one setting to another. For example, you may practice interviewing skills at school, but the student will have difficulty generalizing this skill set to the interview. It is important to practice the skills listed in the next paragraph in different settings so the student is better able to generalize their behavior. It is important to read these social stories often so the student can prepare themselves for what is expected at an interview. They will have to learn all about the job interview. This set of social stories focuses on the job interview and what goes into getting a job.
The social stories in this social story set include:
*What to wear at a job interview
*Appropriate conversation at a job interview
*Asking questions at a job interview
*What to take to a job interview
*Accepting a job
*Not getting the job
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. Social stories can be used as a teaching tool when a new lesson is introduced, a transition is introduced,, or when a new behavior is beginning and the behavior needs to be extinquished. Social stories help students understand how their actions may hurt other people. This is important because students with autism have difficulty with perspective taking.
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 page 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.