This Social Story teaches students in simplified language that it is okay to make a mistake! This is for some of your little perfectionists in the classroom. Below is some information on what Social Stories are and information on how to use them. Enjoy :)
Why Social stories?
Social stories are social learning tools to help children manage difficult situations. It is a way to give them information including- what is expected or what may happen in a supportive and reassuring way. They do not have to be just for children on the spectrum, but children who may just need a little extra help in order to manage a situation.
Skills that could be helped by social stories:
-Can be ‘how to ____’ or stories that target a specific situation
- How to wash your hands, how to make friends, how to go on a field trip, how to give a hug, how to make someone happy, how to greet someone, how to walk to school safely,
-Losing a game, coping with changes in the schedule, why it’s important to do homework, accepting ‘no’ for an answer, being respectful to the teacher, playing with others, when the fire alarm goes off, what do during a fire drill, how to sit still in class, what to expect on Valentine’s day, etc.
~Think of some specific students in class & what social stories could benefit them~
Tips on how & when to use them
Stories may be presented to a student using any of these formats:
1) The story can be placed in protective plastic sheets or laminated
2) Placed in a binder with multiple stories
3) Cut apart & sequence the story
-Introduce the story in a relaxed setting. *This is important as anxiety can undermine positive learning and in the long term may adversely impact how the student responds to Social Stories*. Introduce the story using a straightforward phrase like, “I have a story about Snack Time…”. Give the child a choice; would they like to read it or would you? Giving a child a choice often times empowers them. Read the story using a positive, comfortable, and casual attitude and tone.
-New stories should be read frequently and PRIOR to the event or upcoming situation. The story can be read less frequently as the student begins performing appropriate behaviors. Eventually the social story may no longer be needed. However, for some students, periodic reading of the social story may continue to be beneficial long-term.