Using social stories is a strategy for reaching children with autism through stories that focus on daily skills and situations. The stories open a door for students with autism by helping them make sense of a challenging or confusing concept. The stories focus on social cues, events and reactions the individual might expect to occur in a situation. The stories give an appropriate action and reaction that might be expected of him/her and why. The goal of the story is to increase the students understanding of different situations. The stories are written to help the student be more comfortable in social situations and possibly suggest some appropriate responses.
Though social stories were developed to help students with autism we have seen that general education students are benefiting from the social stories as well. There is a decline in social training in the homes so the responsibility is falling on educators. I have developed different social stories for different situations. These stories can be used as is or made personally for your student. I often will take pictures of my student as related to the story and use these pictures in the social story.
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