Social Stories Lesson Plan
While many teachers use Carol Gray’s trademarked Social StoriesTM in their classrooms, few use them correctly. Why? The evidence-based formula can seem time-consuming and overwhelmingly complex. It doesn’t have to be. The rules, steps and samples below can be used in a comic strip template to create quick, easy and effective social stories.
Social stories are not classroom procedures in picture form or interventions for misbehaviour. Social stories do not include steps, directions, tips or commands.
Social stories for students with autism spectrum disorders are like phonics lessons for students with reading disabilities. While most students learn to read “naturally” by following along as an adult reads aloud, some students need to be explicitly taught the basic rules of phonics. Similarly, while most children learn social norms by observing their caregivers and peers, students with certain developmental disabilities need explicit instruction to recognize appropriate behavior and communication expectations.
Social stories describe a common social experience using literal, step-by-step language so that a student can understand what they can expect from any given situation, and what others will expect of them. Educators can illustrate these communication expectations using comic strips. Students can also create their own comic strip social stories to practice conversation skills and appropriate responses to common situations.
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