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Social Story Resource Collection

 

Social stories can be a helpful tool for individuals to prepare for and understand different situations, such as going to the library, following the rules of the justice system, or determining when to call 911. This bundle is a collection of social stories developed by ASERT and other professionals.

When to Call 911, Parts 1 & 2

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of determining when to call 911, for individuals with autism.

Traffic Stop, What to Expect

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of a traffic stop and what to expect for individuals with autism.

The Law, Parts 1-4

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of the law and justice system to individuals with autism. 

Before Court, Parts 1 & 2

These social stories were created to describe the various components of preparing for court to individuals with autism.

Appearing in Court, Parts 1-3

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of appearing in court  to individuals with autism.

Detention Center, Parts 1 & 2

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of being in a detention center to individuals with autism.

Pat Down Searches, What to Expect

These social stories were created to describe the process of pat down searches and what to expect for individuals with autism.

Police Transport, What to Expect

This social story was created to describe what to expect when transported in a police car.

Foster Care Social Story

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of foster care to individuals with autism.

At the Library, Part 1, What is the Library?

These social stories were created for individuals with autism to describe what people usually do at the library.

At the Library, Part 2, Finding What I Need

This social story was developed for individuals with autism to describe how to find books and other materials at the library and some of the library rules. 

At the Library, Checking out Books and Materials

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of the library to individuals with autism, specifically how to check out books and materials.

Sensory Story Time at the Library

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of the library and sensory story time to individuals with autism.

Going to the Doctor

This social story describes the various aspects of going to the doctor for individuals with autism.

Residential Treatment Facility, What to Expect

This social story was created to describe the various aspects of a residential treatment facility to individuals with autism.

Child Intake, What to Expect

This social story was created to describe the various aspects of a child intake to individuals with autism.

How to Create a Social Story

This resource is designed to help you create a personalized social story. Social stories can be used to support individuals with autism in both new and familiar situations.

Social Stories and Guides for Adults

This site has developed social stories within the following areas: Family Social Situation, Errands, and Work Situations. The work situations, in particular, are of immense importance to those in the ASD community. 

Small World Special Needs - Social Stories

Small World Special Needs is a multi-cultural resource hub for families, educators, clinicians and therapists helping children with special needs to share resources and information. This site has a collection of social stories about pre-school, school and playground activities, friendships, waiting, paying attention, and other life situations. To view the social stories, follow the link to the Small World Special Needs website. Under the "Videos and Tip Sheets" tab on top, select "Social Skills." 

My Visit with The Pope - A Social Story

In preparation for the Pope visit and Mass held in Philadelphia in September 2015, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health prepared a social story supporting families of individuals with autism in Philadelphia, and beyond, who wanted to participate in the historic visit. This resource is helpful for dealing with vast amount of stimuli and unfamiliar and non-routine circumstances.

Carol Gray Social Stories

This website provides information on Carol Gray, a Consultant to children, adolescents and adults with autism, who has done extensive work in the development of Social Stories. Information on what a social story is, its historical context, and additional resources are also provided.

One Place for Special Needs: Complete Guide for Social Stories

This website provides a list of free social stories covering everything from behavior to toilet training. Also included are stories showing sequential processing and the steps for what to expect in a variety of activities.  Some are text only and others include pictures.

Social Stories and Resources for Jewish Occasions

This website contains free resources for Jewish high holidays from Gateways and includes visual supports to help make blessings simple, accessible and understandable for students with a variety of disabilities. 

Templates for Personalized Teaching Stories

Autism Speaks partnered with the University of Washington READI Lab (Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention) to provide a series of personalized and customizable PowerPoint templates that parents and therapists can use to explain social situations to children with autism. Families are invited to individualize these story templates with your own photos or pictures to help your child know what to expect and how to act in a variety of everyday situations. 



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