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Social Stories

A Social Story™ describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. Half of all Social Stories™ developed should affirm something that an individual does well. Although the goal of a Story™ should never be to change the individual’s behavior, that individual’s improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses.

Although Social Stories™ were first developed for use with children with ASD, the approach has also been successful with children, adolescents, and adults with ASD and other social and communication delays and differences, as well as individuals developing normally. More recently, we have begun using Social Articles™ with adolescents and adults. These still follow the guidelines and criteria for writing a Social Story™ but are written at a more age-appropriate level and format. Extract from: the Gray Center - Social Stories 

Comic strip conversations, also by Carol Gray, help people with autism develop greater social understanding.

Comic strip conversations provide visual representations of the different levels of communication that take place in a conversation, using symbols, stick figure drawings and colour. By seeing the different elements of a conversation presented visually, some of the more abstract aspects of social communication (such as recognising the feelings and intentions of others) are made more 'concrete' and are therefore easier to understand.

Comic strip conversations can also offer an insight into how a person with autism perceives a situation. Extract from; National Autistic Society Website

Further Information

 Carol Gray is developing a new website, www.CarolGraySocialStories.com  It is not launched yet but you can subscribe for updates,

NAS; Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations

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