An introduction to Social Stories
Social Stories were originally created in 1991 by Carol Gray, a Special Educator for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Children with ASD often have difficulty interpreting social cues and rules and one purpose of a Social Story is to describe a complete event or interaction so that children are introduced to who or what is involved and what may happen. Through the use of colorful pictures and specific language in the sentences, Social Stories can help to ease the anxious or uncertain feelings of children in unfamiliar situations and offer possible solutions for responding and problem-solving.
Social Stories, while originally intended to assist children with ASD, are inherently helpful to all children. Children often have trouble understanding the perspective of others and a Social Story allows children to be exposed to how another friend might feel, think or react in different situations. If you would like to learn more information about the exact format and use of Social Stories, please contact Abilities Network Project ACT at 410-828-7700.
A great resource for ready-to-go social stories is: www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel. After entering the website, please click on “teacher resources” and then on “practical strategies.”
The above information was adapted from The New Social Story Book: Illustrated Edition by Carol Gray, 2000.