This article reports on research showing that social stories can help children with autism reduce disruptive behaviors, even after the stories are no longer read.
Three boys with autism (3-6 years old) were the focus of this study. All three children were able to understand simple sentences, turn pages of books, and look at pictures in books. Disruptive behaviors were targeted by social stories that were written for each child: tantrums when asked to share toys, shouting and crying during lunch time, and having difficulty playing â??fairâ? when participating in games with peers. These behaviors were reduced after the introduction of the social stories (5-15 readings), although one child needed to be reminded about the social story for the first several sessions. Even after the stories were taken away from the children, all three continued to use the information in their story to improve their behavior.