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What is a Social Story?
Social Stories are fabulous tools for teaching social skills to ALL children and adults with special needs. ANYONE who is having difficulty in a social situation can benefit from using a social story to learn more about that social situation and how to respond appropriately.
Social stories can be used to:
- prepare someone for new events and experiences – ex: moving to a new house
- to teach positive behavior - ex: when going out shopping with parent
- to teach a new skill - ex: how to wash your hands
- to help a person to cope with changes to routine and unexpected or distressing events (e.g., absence of teacher, moving house, thunderstorms)
- to provide positive feedback to a person about an area of strength or achievement in order to develop self-esteem
How to make a social story?
- determine the behavior you want to change or develop
- select one behavior at a time
- write the story in the first person
- if possible, include drawings or photographs of the social event
- have the person participate in the development of the social story
- describe the situation that presents difficulty
- explain why a behavior is unacceptable by describing the desired behavior
- end the social story with a description of the acceptable behavior
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