social stories

definition of social stories: Short stories that describe a social situation, including social cues and appropriate behavior. Social stories are used to teach social skills through the use of accurate information about those situations that the child may find difficult or confusing. Effective social stories use several types of sentences. For example, an affirmative sentence type is one that gives the point of view of the people involved in the situation or the general culture. The other sentence types are control sentences, cooperative sentences, directive sentences, perspective sentences, and descriptive sentences.

Be Like Buddy is an Online Series Offering Education Tools for Kids with Autism

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Dan Kalinowski, dad to a child with autism, has developed an online education series called Be Like Buddy.

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Dan Kalinowski, dad to a child with autism, has developed an online education series called Be Like Buddy. Buddy is a puppet with autism who is supported by adults using applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy. Kalinowski hopes the series will make therapy and education fun for kids. In addition to the videos, parents and teachers can download visual schedules and social stories. Kalinowski explained, “We also hope the fact that Buddy has autism makes him familiar and shows that using visual schedules and reward systems is a perfectly acceptable part of life that deserve screen time, too.”

Never Too Early To Think About Summer Camp for Your Kids with Autism

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Camp Connect is a 5-week summer camp for kids on the autism spectrum.

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Camp Connect is a 5-week summer camp for kids on the autism spectrum. This New Hampshire camp, sponsored by Easter Seals and Works Fitness Centers, is in its 5th year of providing an experience that goes beyond a typical summer school-type environment. Camp Connect, staffed by professionals in the autism field, is focused on language development and increased social skills. Therapies used to enhance the camp experience include picture schedules, social stories, and a social skills-enhancement program called Super Flex. Easter Seals The Family Place, explains "Our approach is always positive when addressing issues that arise relative to transition, anxiety, or overwhelming circumstances. Our purpose is to assist children in learning how to handle all social situations, even those that are overwhelming for them."

Social Stories Help Children with Autism Travel

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A California mom wrote a social story for her child with autism before a cross-country plane trip.

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Betsy Flagler wrote about a California mom who wrote a social story for her child with autism before a cross-country plane trip. The story explained to the child what would be likely to happen on the plane trip each step of the way. For example, she wrote, "Airports sometimes have long lines. While I'm in line it is important to stay with my mom and dad because they keep me safe. If I get tired of the line, I can sit in the stroller." And another story part explained, "When I am on the airplane it is important for me to be nice to my fellow travelers. This will mean I will always have to have calm hands, calm feet, calm voice and a calm body. I will need to stay in my seat with my seatbelt on." One place to get useful information on how to create social stories is at the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Michigan.

Dentists Use Social Stories to Ease the Fears of Children with Autism

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Dr. Alan Milnes and Dr. Terry Farquhar are dentists who wrote an article about taking your child with autism to the dentist.

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Dr. Alan Milnes and Dr. Terry Farquhar are dentists who wrote this article about taking your child with autism to the dentist. These pediatric dentists have advanced training in working with children with special needs. One of the tools they suggest is social stories, which can be made by the parents to show what will happen at the dental office. The dentists also suggest using the child’s natural desire for routine and excellent memory. Visits to the office can begin with a simple tour, and then expand to sitting in the chair, and looking at the equipment. It's a good idea to meet the hygienist and dentist beforehand to become more comfortable with their interactions. The kids learn new behaviors that may be repeated at each visit. Milnes and Farquhar explain, “This process is identical to that used in applied behavioural analysis (ABA) and relationship development intervention (RDI) therapies.” The dentists remind parents that good dental hygiene should happen at home on a daily basis; they have suggestions to help with tooth care at home.

School District Works to Keeps Kids with Autism in General Ed Classrooms

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Anchor Bay School District is training their educators to be autism team members.

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Anchor Bay School District is training their educators to be autism team members. Elementary school teachers, administrators, social workers, including several from Sugarbush Elementary, created plans, handbooks, and sensory boxes so that children with autism could remain in general education classes as much as possible. Autism team members returned to their schools to educate the remaining staff. Areas of focus include handling transitions from class to recess to lunch, using social stories, and visual schedules.

Teen with Autism Uses Talents to Help Others

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Michael Wang, a high school senior with autism, has added Courtwarming King to his list of achievements.

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Michael Wang, a high school senior with autism, has added Courtwarming King to his list of achievements. “Being crowned Courtwarming King shows people with autism can have special gifts," Wang said. "People with autism can change things." Meg Wang, his mom and a pediatrician at Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Green Meadows Pediatrics Clinic, knew after his diagnosis, at age 2, that she had a small window of time to work with Michael using applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. She also reinforced Michael’s social interactions having friends over for play dates. She practiced telephone conversations with him and used social stories to increase peer interactions. Besides his school activities such as the breakdancing club and yearbook staff, Michael is very involved with the youth group at his church. He plans to attend college to become a preschool teacher.

Teacher Uses Social Stories to Help Child with Autism Deal with Death

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A special education teacher, was asked by a parent to help her child with autism understand the death of his grandmother.

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A special education teacher, was asked by a parent to help her child with autism understand the death of his grandmother. The teacher, using a program called Writing with Symbols, began a social story for the child. She included family photos and images from Google. She used simple language that the youngster would understand, "Grandma Mary Died. My Grandma Mary grew old. Grandma Mary lived a long time. She died because her heart stopped. Her breathing stopped too. Now, Grandma Mary does not feel sick. She does not hurt anymore.” An additional tool to help the child may be a visual schedule. For example, if the child sat quietly for the prescribed length of time at the funeral home, then he would get his favorite pizza. While the Internet has links to lots of tools to help parents with autism and death, the main tool is to be prepared.

Two Moms in the Philippines Offer Tips on Good Dental Health for Children with Autism

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Going to the dentist can be scary for any child, but two moms in the Philippines have some tips for going to the dentist with a child with autism.

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Going to the dentist can be scary for any child, but two moms in the Philippines have some tips for going to the dentist with a child with autism. Tiffany Tan from Autism Society Philippines interviewed Barbara and Chyril about their boys and visits to the dentist. The moms spoke about preparing their children for the visit using social stories, visual schedules, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). They have also both found dentists willing to learn about autism and to accept their children’s behaviors. The moms both say that flossing is the most important thing to do, along with brushing. Other tips included finding a dentist who will allow your child to touch the dental tools, visiting a dental office before the procedure visit, and bring a favorite toy or book along.

Does your Child’s School Provide Behavior Analysts to Help Ease Back to School Anxieties?

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This article provided some information on what to ask about your child’s school as your child re-enters the classroom.

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This article provided some information on what to ask about your child’s school as your child re-enters the classroom. There needs to be prior planning that includes school staff and you, the parent. Your child needs an education team to help him thrive; the team should include a board-certified applied behavior analyst (ABA). The behavior analyst can coordinate the team and make sure the student is receiving skill assessments along with transition activities, such as social stories. The analyst can ensure that all the professionals and para-professionals who work with your child have been properly trained to work with autism and other developmental delays.

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