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Social stories

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by never_expect_anything, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    I wonder if anyone can recommend a good resource for social stories? Or for teaching paraverbal communication?
    I work in an SEBD setting, but have no specialist training in SEN. I have a female Y8 pupil with an EHCP. She is not diagnosed with autism / Aspergers, but her social & communication difficulties seem to lie within that spectrum (e.g. difficulties with picking up paraverbal cues - mistaking tone for volume; difficulties building friendships with peers). She is high functioning and has a vocabulary and reading ability above her chronological age, although she prefers stories for younger children rather than teens. I've been recommended to try using social stories with her to help her understand social conventions in diferent settings, but the language in the ones I have found seem to be very much aimed at younger children, and I think she would find them patronising. I know there's a lot of info out theree about how to create your own, but with no prior experience of using social stories, I feel it would be more practical to start with some pre-written ones. Any suggestions, please?
  2. philip74n

    philip74n New commenter

    You may find something helpful on the Speechmarks publishers website if you are able to buy resources.
  3. sandgrown1

    sandgrown1 New commenter

    I know I'm not being that helpful in suggesting this but do you have access to Speech and Language therapists at your schools?
    When I've needed to use social stories in the past they are my first port of call. There are frameworks out there and there is nothing wrong with changing the text to something that is more appropriate for your pupil's ability.
  4. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    sandgrown1: I wish...! :)
    philip74n: thanks for the publisher suggestion; I haven't used them before, but it looks like they've got lots of good resources, so I will be seking some funding to buy some!
  5. shirleyj01

    shirleyj01 New commenter

    One of my TA's created his own social story yesterday using a free online program. It came out really well and was obviously very relevant to his particular student. If you Google this I'm sure it's easy to find. He said there were a variety of examples already created which you could amend to suit.

    Good luck
  6. mrstiggywinkle123

    mrstiggywinkle123 New commenter

    I've used a few sites:

    http://www.setbc.org/ search for social stories

    I also google the subject matter. I try to write some or all of the story with the child or at least get them to illustrate it.
    The story will need to be read at home and at school to be effective and I try to have a reward chart that is based on the social story.
  7. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    Thanks! I'll look into that...

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