Special Learning Social Stories



What is a social story? A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts. It 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 child that has a reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. There are a vast array of reasons you could implement a social story. They can range from playing with a friend to appropriate behavior in public. They can be used in almost any social/behavioral circumstance.


What can social stories be helpful with?

-Explaining and reinforcing appropriate behavior

-Teaching students routines, expectations in a different way -It is personalized for each person in ways that help that child specifically

-It helps explain routines/outings/behaviors in a simplistic way

-This a a visual cue that is very helpful for most diagnoses.

Whom may benefit from a social story?

-Children with Autism, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, nonverbal kids, visual learners, etc.

-Children that struggle with social appropriate behavior and skills.

-Children that struggle with verbal cues, redirection and difficulty staying attended to task.

How do I find/utilize social stories?

-You can find pre-made social stories online or purchase them and then you can modify them to tailor fit your child.

-Ask your OT or behavioral speciliast to create one for you.

-You can also create your own in paper form -You can also create your own using an app. They walk you through the process and can take pictures where needed.

-If you are creating your own, then keep this in mind:

-Make sure you use simple sentences and wording.

-Go step by step for each page and don't skip essential steps. For example: To pour milk. The steps are go to the refrigerator, open the refrigerator door and take out the milk. Put the milk on the counter. Go to the cupboard and get a glass. Use one hand hold the handle to the milk jug and use your other hand to steady the cup. The steps go on. For each step you would provide a photograph.

-Make sure to keep it positive and encouraging and descriptive. -When the social story is complete, review it with the child daily before they perform that routine, procedure, or activity. 

Leah Peeler COTA/L  



Social stories are short illustrated books that help teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities the specific social "rules" or "norms" that are generally accepted in society.

Each set is a self-contained comprehensive teaching solution that comes with an integrated set of tools, including a teaching guide. These products are designed to work in conjunction with each other to teach a student the foundational social skills necessary for building success and independence.

Benefits:

  • Simplified and repetitive text allows for easier understanding of basic social skills.
  • Colorful illustrations make learning how to handle common social situations more fun.
  • Contains supplemental teaching tools that work together to reinforce important social skills. 



Washing my Hands Social Story Curriculum
Teach your child to properly wash hands with our unique Washing my Hands Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. Social stories are short illustrated books that help teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities the specific social "rules" or "norms" that are generally accepted in society.
Eating Food Keeps me Safe and Healthy Social Story Curriculum
Teach your children why eating food will keep them safe and healthy with our unique Eating Food keeps me Safe and Healthy Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs.
Asking to Use the Bathroom Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child how to properly ask to use the bathroom with our unique Asking to Use the bathroom Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Using my Words not my Feet Social Story Curriculum
Teach your children how and when to use words and not their feet with our unique Using my Words not my Feet Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Using My Manners Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child to use the proper table manners with this unique Using Manners at the Table Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Using my Words not my Hands Social Story Curriculum
Teach your child to use words and not their hands with our unique Using my Words not my Hands Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Asking For A Break Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child how and when to ask for a break with our unique Asking for a Break Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Eating in a School Cafeteria Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child how to eat in a school cafeteria with our unique Eating in a School Cafeteria Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Getting Dressed Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child the importance of getting dressed with our unique Getting Dressed Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Brushing My Teeth Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child the importance of brushing teeth with our unique Brushing My Teeth Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs.
Sleeping in my own bed Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child to sleep in his/her own bed with our unique Sleeping In My Own Bed Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Waiting My Turn Social Story Curriculum

Teach your child patience with our unique Waiting My Turn Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs.


Interrupting Social Story Curriculum  
Teach your child about interrupting with our unique Interrupting Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Saying Goodbye Social Story Curriculum
Boost your child’s social independence with the Saying Good Bye social story kit, designed for children with special needs.

Saying Thank You Social Story Curriculum 

Teach your child how and when to say thank you to others with our unique Saying Thank You Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 

Using a Tissue Social Story Curriculum

Teach your child how and when to use a tissue with our unique Using a Tissue Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 


Saying Hi Social Story Curriculum

Teach your child how and when to greet others with our unique Saying Hi Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 


Asking For Help Social Story Curriculum

Teach your child how and when to ask for help with our unique Asking for Help Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs.

Trying When Its Hard Social Story Curriculum

Teach your child the importance of trying with our unique Trying When It’s Hard Social Story Set designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 


Eating Healthy Food Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child the importance of eating healthy food with our unique Eating Healthy Food Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Walking Down the Hallway Social Story Curriculum

Teach your child how to walk down the hallway at school with our unique Walking Down the Hallway Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 


Eating in a Restaurant Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child how to eat in a restaurant with our unique Eating in a Restaurant Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
Raising My Hand Social Story Curriculum 
Teach your child how and when to raise his or her hand with our unique Raising My Hand Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 
How to Behave Appropriately in Church Social Story

Boost your child’s social independence with the Going to Church social story, designed for children with special needs.


Teach your child how and when to say good bye when leaving others with our unique Saying Good Bye Social Story Set, designed for parents and teachers working with children with special needs. 

Social Story Curriculum Mega Bundle (23 Individual Titles)

Our Social Story Mega Bundle contains 23 individual Social Stories, available in a digital downloadable format, that teach basic skills that children need in home, school and community settings. Teach your child some of life's most basic social skills with this complete tool kit that contains social stories, coloring books, social rule cards and a full instructional guide for teaching basic social skills.

The Social Story Mega Bundle Teaching Kit was designed to teach your child fundamental social skills that will help them be more successful and independent in social settings.

Each Social Story Title includes:

  • Full page colorfully illustrated social story coded by skill(s) and age
  • Full page coloring book to reinforce skills in a fun and positive manner
  • Portable social rule cards to provide additional teaching support when on the go.
  • 20 page instruction guide that provides detailed instructions on how to use social stories as an effective tool to develop critical social skills using ABA-based methods.

Benefits:

  • Simplified and repetitive text allows for easier understanding of basic social skills.
  • Colorful illustrations make learning how to handle common social situations more fun.
  • Contains integrated teaching tools that reinforce important social skills.
  • Includes a full instructional booklet that guides effective teaching.

Skills Taught:

  • Functional communication
  • Basic language
  • Social communication

The products contained in this kit were developed under the guidance of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and follow the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy.