Social narratives are used to prime children to events that may be difficult to understand. The focus is to first show the child the event and also to promote a socially appropriate solution or behaviour.
In this narrative, a girl name Lindsay explains how it is natural part of life to have a period every month and as a result to have to change her pad. It goes on to explain how to check periodically, how to dispose of the soiled pad and how to use a new one.
Depending on the age of your learner, she may already be getting her period or she may not have had her first. If the learner has had her period, this is a tool to teach her how to take care of herself while keeping her privacy. But this is also a great tool to use for a young lady who is about to get her period. Teaching these steps before the period actually comes is a great way to prepare her for the next step of growing up.
Read this story to your learner right before they are about to use the bathroom. Try to reference the pages and images as you teach your learner how to change her pad. The important component to this is to association their actions to the images and steps. The learner may start to use the visual cues to shower independently. Fade yourself out slowly and encourage and praise your learner as she starts to do the changing independently.
This narrative was left as a Word doc in case you wish to change the wording or change the name of the character. The narrative was originally design for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder but again, it may be used to prime other students with learning delay about growing up. The timer component can be removed or you may actually replace the images of the time with the timer your learner will be using.
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!)
I hope you find this narrative useful. Please leave me feedback on how I may improve this story in the future or make suggestions on another story I should write.