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ASD Social Stories

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Social stories ARE visual intervention strategies which teach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) self awareness, self help, calming and behaviour management skills as well as appropriate communication skills.


ASD social stories are written to help pave the way for a positive social interaction or behaviour. Unlike typically developing children a child on the spectrum will not naturally learn social and communication skills and behaviours and will NEED DIRECT TEACHING.


ASD social stories can be used for a wide variety of issues including hygiene, making friends, at school, out and about and in the home etc.


ASD Social stories are USED to help children on the autism spectrum cope with and plan for transitions, ask questions, hold conversations, go shopping and so on. Generally ASD social stories should contain images or photos, to help the child on the spectrum better understand what is being presented.


Mostly children on the autism spectrum ARE visual thinkers and learners, which means they think in pictures, which means visual intervention strategies ARE much easier for them to understand.


Social stories will normally follow a set pattern of sentence type: Perspective, Descriptive, Directive, And Control sentences.


Social stories help teach a skill or behaviour the child on the spectrum is struggling with by giving the child a clear outline much like a framework or visual plan of the skill or behaviour allowing them to visually see what is expected of them and why.


By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and by giving an insight into the thoughts feelings and emotions of others.


This ability is missing in children with autism spectrum disorder and is often referred to as “mind blindness” as typically developing individuals we have a natural ability to read facial expression and body language and then determine what another person is feeling or thinking, this is missing in autistic individuals which can at times cause problems with social misunderstandings and so on.


Mostly autistic individuals live in a literal world and can be blind to the emotions and feelings of those around them making friendships hard to maintain and social rules hard to follow. By implementing ASD social stories YOU are able to help teach a skill or behaviour the child on the spectrum is struggling to master. Acting like a role model a social story can be implemented easily and will need no formal training to use.


Most ASD social stories can be edited as no two autistic individuals will ever be the same and we all use different terminology with our own child etc, therefore a social story should be editable and easy to personalize.

ASD social stories can be printed for convenience of use, making them easy to use everywhere and anywhere they are needed.


Social stories ARE excellent visual intervention strategies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and can be found on sites such as:


By using social stories with your ASD child you can help reduce stress and unwanted behaviours and teach new skills leading to positive results.


To find out more about how a social story WILL HELP your ASD child visit any of these following sites: