Social Scripting: Using a Story to Prompt Positive Behavior
Have you heard how children pick up phrases they hear over and over again? Catchy sayings from television shows, commercials and songs often find their way into our daily language: I’ve fallen and I can’t get up; To infinity and beyond; This is Jake from State Farm; and I like to move it, move it. Obviously repetitive scripting embeds phrases and sentences into our daily language. After observing this in many students with autism and other individuals with speech and language disorders, I decided to create social scripts to provide students and adults with appropriate language to use for common daily situations and problems. Social scripting is meant to be a tool for prompting positive communication and socially acceptable behavior. Phrases listed in the green dialogue boxes must be highlighted and encouraged to be repeated often just like the catch phrases found in media. When students are exposed to these phrases often, they are more likely to use them in their daily communication and revert to the key social scripting phrases during times of conflict.
Social scripting is best started in a one-to-one teaching or counseling situation. After the student has had an opportunity to become familiar with the script, practice should begin within daily social situations.
In this set, I have provided you with a pdf version and a PowerPoint version. Use the PowerPoint version to model any text as appropriate for a student. Many students respond best when their names are used within the text so please use the PowerPoint version to edit if you have students who learn best this way.
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This social story scripting set includes
★ Asking for a Drink
★ Asking for a Toy
★ Asking to go to the Restroom
★ Clean Up
★ Computer Use and Stopping
★ Doing Something You Don’t Like
★ Easy Work
★ Fire Drills
★ Getting Someone’s Attention
★ How Are You?
★ I’m Sorry
★ Inner Monologue: Thoughts to Yourself
★ Making a Food Choice
★ Making a Choice
★ Open This
★ Picking Your Nose
★ Picture Day
★ Restroom Help (Two Different Versions)
★ Taking a Work Break
★ What’s Your Name?
★ Winning and Losing
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