What are Social Stories?

free social stories

Download free social stories for children, to gain compliance or help individuals with autism signs or pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) know what to expect and/or understand a certain situation, skill or concept.

First defined by Carol Gray in 1991, they were created to help break down a task or social situation into smaller steps with descriptive words and pictures. They can help to prevent temper tantrums or meltdowns in public places or aggressive behavior in children. They can be very useful for working with defiant children when trying to get them to do things/go places they typically refuse or resist. They also work well for telling your child about a new experience to provide relief for any anxiety related to an event.

Free Examples

picture exchange communication systems

Autism social story examples include going to the grocery store, going to the doctor, going to school, and riding the bus. However, all children can benefit from using a potty training story along with other valuable potty training tips.

Stories can be used for just about any event and are easily applied alone or in conjunction with a picture exchange communication systems (PECS). They can be made in the form of a book or a video as shown below.

You can download a free story that has already been created or make your own with real pictures of things your child will recognize, helping them to be even more effective.

free social stories, going to the grocery store

Potty Training Stories

free social stories, going potty

Using stories can be great for helping with toileting behavior in general, but are especially effective when potty training bowel movements.

One mother I used to work with, was successful in getting her daughter to go within 1-2 months after writing a story about the events of her daughter’s day while using real pictures of the daughter.

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