Social Stories are beneficial for helping children, especially those with an autism spectrum disorder learn how to deal with different situations or challenges. A Social Story is a short story that describes a skill, situation, context, or concept. Frequently the story will include information that is assumed that “everyone knows” and uses a positive tone through descriptive and coaching sentences. Social Stories guide the child to an increased understanding of an event or situation and hopefully improves the child’s behavior during the event or situation.
Children with autism can struggle with being in a line, thinking that everyone that accidently bumps him or her is trying to be hurtful. They also tend to like to be first. This story addresses the fact that kids will shift in line and accidently touch others. Children with autism also tend to like to be first, especially if it means being first in line. This story talks about how sometimes the child can be line leader but can’t all the time.
This packet includes the following:
- A full-size book that can be read to the entire class. This story is great to read at the beginning of the year to a class (especially kindergarten and first grade) to talk about lines and line leaders.
- A half sized book that can be laminated and stored either in a desk or in the classroom library for the kids to refer to later. If you have a student who really struggles with being a line leader, then keeping a copy in his/her desk for that day can be beneficial to review right before it is time to line up.
- A one-page copy of the story to put in a page protector to be stored in a 3-ring binder. This is convenient for storing all stories together.
- A student book version where the children can draw their own pictures to go with the words. For some children, this creates more meaning and ownership of the story and it helps the child be able to share the story with other children or adults.
-A visual to use to help a child know when he or she is going to be a line leader. Knowing when it is his or her turn is helps quite a bit with tantrums when not a line leader
-A tip sheet with some additional ideas on how to help a child who struggles with not being a line leader.