This is a social narrative I wrote to teach learners how to wash their own bodies in the shower. This was originally written and illustrated when I was working the Toronto as a Transition Support Worker, assisting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In the PDF, you will find a 14 page story about Robbie as he explains how he takes showers. At the end of the PDF, you will find a 3 page visual that shows step by step, the parts of the body one must wash in the shower. I recommend that this visual is laminated and placed in the showering area to help prompt the learner take all the steps need to shower.
All of the content in this story is original work.
Read this story to your learner right before they are about to shower. Try to reference the pages and images as you teach your learner how to shower on their own. The important component to this is to association their actions to the images and steps. Once the routine is set, you may not need to be there to help with the actual washing. The learner may start to use the visual cues to shower independently. Fade yourself out slowly and encourage and praise your learner as he starts to do the washing independently.
Depending on your learner, you may want to keep a laminated copy of the showering visual in the shower so that it may prompt your learner to perform all the steps.
This story is called a social narrative and not a social story because the name social story has been trademarked by Carol Gray to protect the integrity of what she has developed. I have tried to instill some of her values in this story.
If you are interested in writing your own social narrative, I would strongly suggest you research and read up on the work of Carol Gray. Here are a few points she have written about social stories:
Write a Social Story™
A Social Story™/Social Article describes a situation, skill, or concept according to 10 defining criteria. These criteria guide Story/Article development to ensure an overall patient and supportive quality, and a format, “voice”, and relevant content that is descriptive, meaningful, and physically, socially, and emotionally safe for the Audience.
As you write your Story, maintain a patient and supportive “voice” and vocabulary according to these five factors (Criteria 5)-
1. Exclusive use of the first and/or third person perspective
2. Positive and patient tone
3. Past, present, or future tense, including use of the Positive Past Tense if applicable
4. Literal accuracy: Every word or phrase can be interpreted literally without changing the intended meaning of the Author.
Accurate meaning: The most representative and effective words are used, with special care with verb
(By no means is the above an exhaustive list of what she has written about social stories. Please ready up on her work if you want to learn more!)