Social Stories are beneficial for helping children, especially those with an autism spectrum disorder learn how to deal with different situations or challenges. A Social Story is a short story that describes a skill, situation, context, or concept. Frequently the story will include information that is assumed that "everyone knows" and uses a positive tone through descriptive and coaching sentences. Social Stories guide the child to an increased understanding of an event or situation and hopefully improves the child's behavior during the event or situation.
Having a substitute teacher can be very hard for a student with autism. This story helps let the child know that sometimes a substitute may not do everything the same as the teacher and that the teacher will come back.
This packet includes the following:
- A full-size book that can be read to the entire class. This story is great to read at the beginning of the year or the day before you know you are going to have a substitute in the class.
- A half-sized book that can be laminated and stored either in a desk or in the classroom library for the kids to refer to later. If you have a student who really struggles with substitutes, then keeping a copy in his/her desk for that day can be beneficial.
- A one-page copy of the story to put in a page protector to be stored in a 3-ring binder. This is convenient for storing all stories together.
- A student book version where the children can draw their own pictures to go with the words. For some children, this creates more meaning and ownership of the story and it helps the child be able to share the story with other children or adults.
-A visual that can be put together to help the child or class know when you will be back in the classroom. This also helps if you have a student who really likes an aide that works with him or her know when the aide will be back as well.