Do students with autism experience peer pressure? You bet. In addition, it can be complicated by several factors. First, students with autism usually don’t have good social skills so if they get a laugh and acceptance, they may do the behavior more. Second, they do not have good communication skills. This can lead to them not being able to communicate what they really want. Third, they get it from classmates and they also receive peer pressure from the general population in schools. All of this can lead to poor choices.
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.
This set of social stories set includes common peer pressure topics:
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.