If you have an Autistic kid you have probably come across the term social story.
A quick search for social stories on Google or Pinterest will quickly pull thousands of titles…
But what is a social story, what they can teach, and most importantly – how do you know if a social story will help your child?
What is a social story?
Social stories are a social learning tool that was invented in 1991 by Carol Gray.
A Social Story accurately describes a context, skill, achievement, or concept according to 10 defining criteria. These criteria guide Story research, development, and implementation to ensure an overall patient and supportive quality, and a format, “voice”, content, and learning experience that is descriptive, meaningful, and physically, socially, and emotionally safe for the child, adolescent, or adult with autism. – Carol Gray Social Stories
What Skills Can be taught with social stories?
This is the beauty of Social Stories, they can be used to taught any social skill or concept that your child needs to learn!
I have seen Social Stories be used to teach everything from activities of daily living to more advanced topics such as what is resilience.
Social stories are designed to give children perspective into emotion, thoughts, and behaviors of others. The volume of topics that can be created under that is vast!
Will Social Stories Help My Child?
Social stories that follow the formula have been scientifically proven to help autistic children. However, following that formula is key.
In order for a Social Story to be effective it needs to be properly written.
Social Stories for Autistic Kids
Below you will find all of the social stories that are currently available on Your Autism Toolbox.