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Social situations: a 1 minute guide about autism

Children with Autism can find social situations difficult. Why?

What is a Social Story?

Social Stories™ are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which explain what to expect in that situation and why. They help children with Autism to understand social situations and use socially appropriate behaviour.

Social Stories™ are written in a specific way and must be written by a trained professional. There are many Social Stories™ available online on specific situations which you can download. However, it can work well when a situation is written specifically with your child in mind. You might want to write your own ‘Social Situation’ for them.

How can I write a Social Situation?

Make sure that there are at least 3 descriptive or perspective sentences for every directive sentence. This will help the child understand why they should do something. It should not just be a list of rules.

For example:

How do you use a Social Story?

A group of young people playing a board game