Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Social Stories

April is Autism Awareness Month. Visit the Gray Center for Social Understanding and Learning to read more. It is dedicated to improving the mutual understanding between individuals with autism and the people with whom they live and work.

One useful tool for improving social understanding and communication is the Social Story.

A Social Story™ describes 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™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience.
The goal of Social Stories is not to change behavior, but to improve understanding which in turn may lead to better responses.
Although Social Stories were initially developed for children with autism, they have been successful with a variety of children.

It is my experience that Social Stories are used in response to a problem behavior. We probably don't write enough Stories reflecting what students are doing well. Carol Gray, the professional who developed Social Stories, says:
"Do keep in mind that at least 50% of all Stories developed for any person should congratulate of applaud current skills/abilities/personality traits/ or concepts that the person does well".
Why not write a social story about a child's accomplishment today! To get help on "how to", look here.


Anonymous said...

I am a 3rd year masters OT student who is researching the use of social stories as an intervention. I noticed this blog site has some info regarding Gray's social stories. I am seeking OTS in the field who use, or have used this intervention and to hear your brief perspective on using social stories. Please reply back to me via email to StephanieTheOT@yahoo.com anytime between now and Wednesday evening! thanks

Gordon said...

Hi Beth, Lynda,

I wanted to share with you a new site called ("liveastory.com").

This site allows you to create personalized stories for social skills, hygiene, stress and anger management, and more. Upload your own pictures, add your child's name and interests. Then download a printable pdf, or group 10 stories into a bound paperback or hardback book.

Have a look, let us know what you think.