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.
This story addresses the problem of children who tend to be very concerned about what rules others might be breaking (the cop). These children will sometimes become very focused on making students work and follow rules and may begin to yell or aggressively try to “fix” what the other student is doing. This story breaks down what the teacher’s job is and what the student’s job is. This packet includes the following:
- A full-size book that can be read to the entire 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 doing the “teacher’s job” then keeping a copy in his/her desk to review each 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 of the teacher’s job and student’s job that can be referred to when situations arise.