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Social Stories For Autism

benefits implementation social story tips Jan 25, 2022

What Is A Social Story & How Does This Tool Benefit Individuals With Autism?

What Is a Social Story?

A social story is an effective tool designed to teach individuals with autism appropriate behaviors for social situations, by providing a detailed, step-by-step description of what will occur.

Social stories serve as a great way for educators, therapists, paraprofessionals and parents to effectively communicate with individuals who would benefit from this individualized intervention.

Social stories are designed to be short and individualized for each student, where they star as the main character! Creating and implementing social stories in daily routines work to eliminate any worry or fear associated with triggering events and allow students to develop the skills to act appropriately.

This powerful tool helps to decrease stress, increase an individual's emotional control & confidence and allow for smooth transitions



What Benefits Do Social Stories Provide?

Utilizing social stories provides many benefits. Social stories allow individuals to learn routines by providing a tool that increases memory development and the ability to recall. Social stories work to improve social skills, literacy skills, and work to promote clear communication. While creating a Social Story does take some time, we are confident that the positive effect on your student/child’s transitions will be well worth the work!

When And How to Implement Social Stories:

After you have created the Social Story, be sure to read through it with the individual in a quiet environment with minimal distractions, prior to the event. Introducing the story beforehand allows time to process the information that you are presenting.

For example:

Let’s say that the triggering event for an individual is going to lunch at 12:00 PM each day. You are going to want to make sure you read this social story together in a quiet, non-distracting environment in the afternoon, after lunch occurs.

You can then read the social story the following day in the morning, before lunch occurs. By doing this, you are providing the individual with enough time to process what is going to take place and the appropriate ways for them to act during the event.

Be sure to read and re-read the social story together. Increased repetition will work to promote memorization, which will ultimately lead to the individual being able to refer back to the skills taught to better understand transitions that they will encounter throughout the day.


Here Are Some Important Tips to Include in Your Social Story!

  • Use Intentional Titles- be sure to include what the Social Story will be about in the title!
    Point of View- Write in first-person point of view and in present tense, allowing your student to read it from his/her perspective
  • Details- Discuss who the characters are, what they are doing, where they are doing it and why the task, event or encounter is taking place
  • Visual Aid- Use pictures to represent the series of events discussed. If possible, using real pictures allows the individual to see themselves in the story!
  • Reactions & Responses- Think through the reactions that your student may have to the situation you are describing- include this behavior in your social story!
  • Simplicity- Keep your written content short, sweet and simple. Keep this in mind when selecting text font, text color, number of words used and how many pictures are used.
  • Control- What does the individual do to remain calm and controlled in the situation? Include that in the social story!

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