A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Social Stories

My friend, Arlene, just sent me a link to a great site for personalized social stories. Those of us with kids with special needs know all about social stories. We tell them, write them, etc to help ease our kids into a transition or something that might bring on some anxiety. It helps to set up some realistic expectation and alleviate fears. But, this is the kind of thing that people with normal, boring kids can do as well. Yes, I had to slip that in there.

I always see people asking for suggestions for how to prepare their kids for the dentist, or a vacation, or transition to a new school, etc. Social stories are a great tool. This website helps you to create a personalized story about your kid. So, you can do that, or you can just make your own with construction paper and crayons. What do I do? Neither. I talk about it. I set up the expectation by talking about it. First we're going to ____, then we're going to ____. That kind of thing. I did just buy a little dry-erase board at Target (helloooooo dollar bins) so I can start making a visual schedule and social stories. Lindsay, an OT that works with Little Bird uses one to make a schedule and she finds it helps LB stick to the plan better and get "distracted" by other things less. She draws pictures and numbers them. So, she'll draw a picture of the blue cuddle swing, then the trampoline, then the books, then the table (ugh, table time!), and then mommy. Something to keep her on track. This program of making a schedule is great for a lot of kids. We are very lucky that LB doesn't need to stick to the schedule and can be flexible if they run out of time or something.

Go check out the site if you want to. Or don't. Whatever. And thanks, Arlene!!


Deann said...

Wow, great website! Love the idea of visual schedule, it is helpful for any kids! I used it with my 1st graders daily. Great tool for pictures is just google pictures. Consistency of pictures does help as well. Also using real pictures are even better!

Arlene said...

You're welcome Dani!!! I did a little dance when I found this, funny the kind of thing that gets me excited!!!

heather@actingbalanced.com said...

great site, thanks for sharing it!

tulpen said...

What a good idea! I will check it out. I've always been 100% honest with my son and his appointments. If he's getting a boo boo, he knows it going in. And for all the boo boos he's gotten, the thing that bothers him the most is getting his freaking ears cleaned.

Lynn said...

Yeah, I have to do these way too frequently and on the fly. I've got like 5 dry erase boards spread around the house. All my stories end the same way which is why Audrey is constantly scripting "I should try not to get mad. I should stay calm."

Piscesgirl said...

AWESOME!! thanks for the heads up on this! :)

Tammy P. said...

I'm getting caught up on my reading, but better late than never, eh? I've used this site for years ... totally rocks!!

Cara said...

I've been using the free stuff from this site http://www.do2learn.com/subscription/product_details/masonline.php

But I'm considering getting a subscription just because the stories are so helpful!

(I'm new to your site , been enjoying looking around and learning!)

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