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. A range of other information and support materials are available from the site. A full list of Able2Learn stories is available at this link:

Able2Learn body parts ‘flashcards’ and posters
Also from Able2Learn are these flashcard sets:

Further Social Stories from Able2Learn on mental health and bullying
A series of stories on mental health and bullying are available here:

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 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

ISBN: 9781785921377

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

Carol Gray

ISBN 1941765165

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.