Social stories were first developed around twenty years ago as a means of communication for children with autism spectrum disorder.
A social skills story is a short descriptive story detailing a skill or situation that the child on the spectrum is having difficulties with. The social skills story WILL include specific information in a defined and consistent manner, always from the point of view of the child on the spectrum.
The social skills story WILL provide the child on the spectrum with an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals.
Many parents search sites like http://www.autismsocialstories.com for information on how to use printable autism social stories, where you can find relevant information as well as downloads of suitable, editable social skills stories which can be printed and implemented quickly and easily.
The social skills story should aim to answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as How, helping lessen and stress and confusion felt by autistic individuals.
Autism social stories provide a framework for the skill or situation, using images or pictures and by breaking the skill into smaller easier to understand sections.
Autism social stories also enable others to see things from the autistic individual’s perspective.
There are a wide range of uses for printable autism social stories including:
Helping with transitions
Changes to behaviours
Changes to routines
Developing hygiene and self-care skills
Learning new behaviours
As behaviour strategies
If you are looking for ways and info on how to use printable autism social stories visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com
Printable autism social stories are portable, and can be used for various situations and skills, they may be used and taken anywhere they are needed.
To learn more about printable autism social stories and how they can benefit children with autism spectrum disorder visit: Autism social stories