Social stories ARE short descriptive pieces of text that will normally follow a set pattern of sentence type.
Social stories can HELP TEACH social and communication skills to children with autism and related conditions.
Developed around twenty years ago to aid communication social skills stories ARE now one of the major strategies used in teaching and supporting children with autism and related conditions.
The social story WILL answer the “wh” questions – who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and will give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most people on the autism spectrum.
Typically people on the autism spectrum ARE VISUAL thinkers and learners, this means that they tend to think in pictures and WILL find VISUAL information much easier to understand.
Therefore, using social stories to teach social skills is beneficial. The social story WILL act like a visual framework or step by step plan of the skills or behaviour and allow the child with autism to prepare and feel more comfortable with and in the situation.
By detailing the important social cues and giving possible answers and outcomes the social story WILL give the child with autism more confidence and reduce stress and confusion.
Characteristically children with autism HAVE social skills deficits, the social story can help to address these effectively.
Always written in first person text and from the point of view of the autistic child the social story is easy to implement and needs no formal training to use.
Visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com where you will find information on using social stories to teach social skills and downloads.
Alternatively visual any of the following sites for downloads of social skills stories