Social stories are simple descriptions of social situations. They are used to teach social skills and are written from the perspective of the child/young person. The child/young person rehearses the social story with the adult in the hope that practice will make the social situation more manageable/pleasant. Social stories are commonly used for children and young people with developmental disabilities, such as autism when there are difficulties with social interaction.
Social stories from Able2Learn
Nina Jain, based in Canada, has published many social stories that support RSHP education and other topics. The images below have links to the social stories most relevant to our RSHP curriculum. Unfortunately these are no longer free to download from Able2Learn and prices are shown on the website. We are currently trying to source additional material that will continue to be free of charge. A range of other information and support materials are available from the site. A full list of Able2Learn stories is available at this link: https://able2learn.com/categories/health-and-physical-education.html
Able2Learn body parts ‘flashcards’ and posters
Also from Able2Learn are these flashcard sets:
- Body parts, private body parts, puberty and health flashcards: 40 pages: https://able2learn.com/body-parts-private-body-parts-puberty-and-health-flashcards-40-pages/
- Body parts with vocabulary definitions, private body parts, puberty and health flashcards: 40 pages: https://able2learn.com/body-parts-with-vocabulary-definitions-private-body-parts-puberty-and-health-flashcards-40-pages/
- Girls Puberty posters: https://able2learn.com/products.php?product=Girls-Puberty-Posters
- Boys puberty posters https://able2learn.com/products.php?product=Boys-Puberty-Poster
- Boys puberty flashcards https://able2learn.com/products.php?product=Boys-Puberty-Flashcards
- Girls puberty flashcards https://able2learn.com/products.php?product=Girls-Puberty-Flashcards
Further Social Stories from Able2Learn on mental health and bullying
A series of stories on mental health and bullying are available here: https://able2learn.com/mental-health-bullying/
Living Well With Autism
This resource has been developed by Mary Fletcher Jones. These online resources are free for parents and educators to download and print. To access the social stories on the site, go to http://www.livingwellwithautism.com/how_to_use_social_stories and click on the left-hand column text that reads: How to use social stories. A number of categories will come up.
Successful Social Stories for School and College Students with Autism
Dr Siobhan Timmins
Dr. Timmins’ Social Stories writing guide offers a detailed, clear and engaging demonstration of the wider value of specialised storytelling for young people growing up with autism. Fully illustrated and contextualised with helpful introductions and examples, it is an invaluable guide for helping children with autism progress towards an easier adult life.
The New Social Stories Book
This 15th Anniversary Edition of Carol Gray’s best-selling book offers over 180 ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years. New sections that have been added are: How to most effectively use and apply the stories; How to improve the lives of younger children; and Social Stories for teens and adults with autism.