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Social stories and autism

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
By:  DBP team

“Social story” is a term created by Carol Gray. The purpose of this learning tool is to create and sustain a meaningful interaction between individuals and are particularly helpful for people with autism. These stories can be used to teach self-care and social skills, and supplement academic abilities. They are designed in a way to present information in a clear way which can allow the individual to have complete understanding of the situation. It enables them understand the sequence of events and how to plan for the event. This also allows you to understand how a person with autism perceives situations. We have linked Carol Gray’s website below – it provides a much more detailed explanation of social stories as well as the history of how social stories were developed. The United Kingdom also has a website that details social stories and several examples of social stories that can be helpful.