A social story is an Intervention Strategy used to help a child with ASD understand a skill or behavior that they are struggling with.
For the vast majority of parents of children with autism social skills stories are the perfect solution. What are social stories? And how WILL they help a child with ASD improve his/her social skills and behaviors?
What are social stories? Simply put; a social story is a short descriptive visual plan or framework much like a comic script. A social story follows a set formula that can help a child with autism learn and master skills they otherwise struggle with.
A social skills story uses first person text, and is generally written from the child’s own perspective. Written in a consistent manner and aimed at an individual with social skills deficits to help establish and encourage positive social interactions and behaviors.
The symptoms of autism means an individual on the spectrum will almost certainly have social skills deficits. Simply put: social skills deficits make it hard for an individual on the spectrum to make sense of the world we live in and process information. A child with ASD will generally prefer routine and structure and things to remain constant with no changes to daily routines, which can make our at times chaotic and unpredictable world confusing and the cause of anxiety.
Social skills stories are written by therapists, teachers and parents of children with autism to prepare them for experiences and changes to routines. Social skills stories can be on issues as varied as tooth brushing, visiting grand parents, recess even visiting the dentist or hairdresser.
Many parents of children with autism, caregivers and teachers create social skills stories to help teach social and communication skills and behaviors within the family and school setting.
Social stories are used to help children plan and mange transitions, ask appropriate questions, and calm down successfully.
An Intervention strategy like social stories are generally visually rich giving the autistic child visual cues helping them identify and understand the skill or behavior being taught or re-enforced. It is believed that children with autism tend to be visual thinkers and learners making the social story an ideal concept. Visual images in the social story for autism help make the social story’s content and purpose clearer.
When looking at how to write social stories for children with autism these factors should be considered:
A Social Story should describe a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format.
The goal of a social story for autism is to provide accurate information and clarity in a reassuring manner that can be understood by the autistic child or young person.
Social skills stories are used as an Intervention strategy for most behavior and skills the autistic child or young person needs help with.
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