What Are Social Stories?


"Social Stories" are a technique that speech therapists use to assist students challenged by students with mild autism or Asberger's Syndrome. The student or therapist may draw a story book, much like a cartoon strip, for the different settings of the school day.

The visual sequences facilitate transitions between activities and movement throughout the school campus. The story is often reviewed in the morning as a preparatory set for the changes within the school day.

Sometimes dialogues may be added into the story, using cartoon-like captioning.

The following Internet resources further explain the definition and functions of social stories.

See videotape and materials for special needs students needing social skills training at this web site

See Dr. Meredyth Edelson's Social Stories from a paper presented at the Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

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