Social skills stories are used to teach and re-enforce social skills to children with autism.
A social skills story is a short pictorially rich descriptive piece of text, written from the autistic child’s point of view.
The social stories autism can be used for a variety of situations, for example; a special event or situation, a task or activity such as eating in a restaurant, visiting a dentist or hospital appointment.
They can help children with autism prepare for a change to routing or teach them how to interact with others appropriately.
The social stories autism give the autistic child time to prepare for whatever situation is coming up or help them learn a social skill. They give the autistic child time to understand and rehearse the situation.
So when the actual event happens for example a dental visit the autistic child is prepared and can use the social skills story to help them cope with the event.
The social skills story uses four main sentence types:
These four sentence types make up the social skills story. The social skills story is always written in the first person, present tense and from the autistic child’s point of view.
The social skills story should always give key focus to the main points of the story.
Social stories autism should be pictorially rich as autistic children are visual learners.
One young autistic boy was reported saying “Now Ben knows how to do recess”. This was a hurdle for Ben; he had found recess a challenge up till an autism social skills story was introduced; now Ben has a great recess time, without any melt downs and aggressive mood swings, which had been a real problem for staff.
This is just one instance of how an autism social skills story can benefit an autistic child.
Children with autism can use autism social skills stories for all situations they are struggling with at home or at school. Just like the autistic boy mentioned above, Ben used an autism social skills story to help him manage recess…
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