Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Social Stories for Church

Carol Gray has developed a technique called social stories to help a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) understand cues and actions for specific social situations. Social stories are an effective method of providing both guidance and direction to promote self-awareness, self calming, and self-management in responding to social situations. The technique involves creating a short story that describes the situation and includes appropriate actions and expressions. By creating a short story, the situation is described in terms of relevant social cues, anticipated actions and information on what is occurring and why. The stories are written according to specific guidelines based on Gray’s extensive use of this technique. The story is also customized for the individual and their circumstance (Attwood, 1998).

Adams et al. (2004) found that social story intervention decreases a variety of undesirable behaviors exhibited by children diagnosed with ASD. Results of their study support the notion that social story intervention is a useful too in decreasing inappropriate behaviors. Although the problem behaviors decreased, the participant’s use of oral language to express his needs/concerns increased. Furthermore, this study demonstrated that multiple behaviors serving one function can be successfully addressed in a single social story. Using one story instead of four stories to address behaviors appears to be more efficient and effective.

<=My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray

The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray=>
Limited preview

Social Stories for Church: Under Community Category (Community, Groups, and Events) Visual scripted routine for going to church. Cut each strip, and laminate for durability. Put each strip on a ring. This portable support is like a trip book in that it explains what is going to happen next. Going To Mass (with pictures) Going to Mass (scroll down to this) Going To Mass Social Story
This social story is about going to Mass. Things you might do at Mass. How to behave during Mass. This book also comes with a set of 12 PECS cards. Going To Church on Easter (scroll down to this) Mass Book, Prayer Book, Confirmation Book, etc. Social Story Going to Mass Book + PECS Autism social story about attending mass and receiving Communion

Websites that have Social Stories: Social Stories by parents Social Stories Downloads Social Narratives Social Stories (look under Website Menu for more different kinds of social stories)

How to write Social Stories: How to Write a Social Story

child-autism-parent-café.com- How to Write a Social Story Social Story Tips and Sample How to Write Social Stories for Children With Autism Examples of Social Stories

Free Pictures to Make Social Stories: FREE Picture Cards to use to make social stories. PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. This searchable database allows you to find a wide range of useful visual supports for different curriculum areas, activities, and events. Free Pictures, Graphics, & Symbols For Social Stories (scroll down to this) Browse through more than 100 pages of free printable items suitable for Social Stories (scroll down for these) Scroll down to: These pages are mainly standard size pecs pictures with icons that are most commonly used

*Some children do better with real pictures that can be taken with your digital camera.

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