Social Stories: What's the Scoop?

Helping ASD children navigate the social world since 1991

Social Story creator Carol Gray

Carol Gray first developed Social Stories in 1991. Social Stories are a widely used language based intervention, that when used properly have the potential to help improve the ability to help individuals on the autism spectrum (as well as other children with impaired social skills) engage in authentic, reciprocal social encounters with their neuro-typical peers. Ms. Gray also started the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, which, until September 2014 served as the home of the Social Story.

Just the Facts Please

Who: High functioning autistic children who have difficulty interpreting the rules that govern social encounters.

What: A language based intervention designed to help ASD children interact with their peers in a lasting, meaningful way.

Where: In a quiet, distraction free, setting.

Why: Many ASD children need strategies in order to understand the complex rules governing social interaction

When: As frequently as the team decides it is necessary, but usually once a day before an event or behavior.

How: Team decision of applicability, data gathering, writing, reading, discussing, and with luck a change in behvior,

Presented by Steve Watson

Sunday, Dec. 14th, 9-9:45am

40 Avon St

Keene, NH

Types of Social Stories

  1. Celebrate successes and achievements
  2. prepare for an upcoming event
  3. change an unwanted behavior

Types of Sentences

  1. Descriptive-who what, where etc.
  2. Perspective-wants, feelings, needs of everyone involved
  3. Directive-define what is expected as a response to a given cue
  4. Affirmative- Emphasize importance of a point, with reassurance
  5. Cooperative-How others can help
  6. Control-Written by student, uses analogy, personalizes
  7. Partial-"Cloze" type sentence, student responsible for filling in the blank (comprehension)