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Raising a child with autism can be quite isolating and depressing. The monthly support and discussion group has helped me to find friends who understand what I am going through... Just knowing that there are others going through similar situations can help me to relax, laugh a little and continue persevering for my son.Karen
Mother of Alex
Social Stories and Technology

Phyllis Bliss, Program Coordinator &
Mary Alice Millham, Classroom Coordinator

Social stories can be used to help children with situations that may be challenging, to teach replacement behaviors or to headline upcoming events. They are a good tool to visually explain concepts, encourage positive behavior, and to decrease anxiety. They can be used to prepare your child for upcoming medical appointments/tests, running errands, playdates, birthday parties or family events.

Three types of sentences used in writing social stories:
1.    Descriptive sentences: defining where a situation occurs, who is involved, what they are doing, and why (e.g., When people are inside, they walk.)  
2.    Perspective sentences:  describing thoughts, feelings, or moods. (e.g., Running inside could hurt me or other people.)
3.    Directive sentences: statements of desired behavior stated in a positive manner.  They may begin “I can try…”  Try to avoid sentences starting with “do not” (e.g., I will try to walk inside.)  

Write in first person at your child’s developmental level.  Use pictures that fit within your child’s developmental skill to make the story more meaningful and fun.

Social stories can be created on a tablet or smartphone as well. There are many apps available or it can be as simple as taking a video of another child engaging in the desired activity/behavior and showing it to your child multiple times before the event so that they know what to expect.