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Aspergers Teen Describes His Social Story About "Avoiding Annoying People"

This Aspergers teenager wrote his own social story, and he refers to it as needed:



Teaching Social Skills and Emotion Management

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. My 10 year old has aspergers and I hope that he can get to this point where he's understanding what to do before the melt down. Thanks again.

Michelle SJ said...

Thank you! I have suspected that my son (10 years old) has high functioning autism (Asperger) and I have been spending a lot of my time reading and trying to understand my son and more about autism and Asperger Syndrome. It is overwhelming but it is something that is important to me for my son and my family. The social stories have been helpful. As I listen to them I have various emotions from crying to cheering for how wonderful these kids are. My son has various disabilities along with Asperger Syndrome from stuttering, LD in language development, sensitivity issues, OCD, anxiety, depression, among other disabilities. Even though my son struggles with this he has an IQ of 102, his multiple intelligence strength is in math, spatial ability and logical/analytical. He is a natural at running. He is a fast runner and almost out run a college running back (he showed his talent at with a couple of the college football camps). He loves soccer and is on the Academy team. He can build immaculate buildings, vehicles, and structures with Legos. As a parent who is new to this I am lost on finding support and help on how to deal with all this, but the social stories have helped and I thank you.
Michelle SJ (Sioux Falls, SD)

What Are Social Stories?

Social stories” describe situations, skills, or concepts that model relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses. The goal of a social story is to teach specific skills in a manner that is easily understood by children with Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders. The child’s improved understanding of social events and expectations that result from reading/watching social stories often leads to more effective responses from the child.

Social stories for children with behavior problems due to Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders help teach more appropriate social skills. These children don't just “pick-up” social skills, so social stories can provide a great tool in teaching a skill in a direct way.

Social stories for these children help to give them a better understanding of other people's thoughts, feelings and views. They also help the child to better predict other people’s behavior based on their actions.

Social stories present various situations in a structured and direct way so that the child can understand a situation without having to "read between the lines". Social stories are written from the child's perspective and are simply illustrated using uncluttered drawings or photographs to depict each step of the story.

Social stories can be written about many different social and behavioral situations that children encounter in the school or any other environment. Some possible ideas for social stories include:

• circle time
• getting in line
• sharing toys
• sitting in the lunch room
• taking turns on the swings
• taking turns when playing games
• or any other situation that causes confusion for the child

=> How To Write Social Stories

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