Originally Posted by kitty waltz
That's different from what I was talking about-- a social story is a story created for a child about a particular situation. Carol Gray (http://www.thegraycenter.org/
) teaches how to do this.
Basically, you choose something that stresses the child out or that you want to work on. You write a story with a lot of descriptive sentences (describing what's going on around the child when this happens), a few sentences about how others are feeling/what they are thinking, and then 1-2 directive sentences telling the child what s/he CAN do in that situation. you are REALLY careful never to use the words "always" or "never" or anything absolute. Use a lot of "sometimes" or "usually."
A really simple one would be (a new page for each line):
On Sunday mornings my family likes to go out to breakfast.
When I go to the restaurant, I like to sit at the table in the front.
Usually, the table in the front is empty. The waitress will usually bring us to that table if we ask her.
Sometimes, there is someone else sitting at that table. They got there before we did, and they probably like that table too.
If we ask them to move, they would probably not be happy. They are enjoying their breakfast.
I can sit at another table in the restaurant. It is ok to sit at different tables.
The waitress will still know where to find me!
If I am sad about sitting at a new table, I can ask my mom for my favorite crayons. If I yell, the other people in the restaurant will be angry that they cannot eat their breakfast quietly.
I will try to sit at a new table. Maybe next time my favorite table will be free!
***** Now the child reads this pretty much every day if they want to, or at least until they don't need it anymore. They often need to hear VERY explicitly how other people are feeling and how they can appropriately respond. An older AS child I once talked to told me that they make him feel like he is "clued in" to the world, to what other people pick up naturally.
Now in terms of getting pictures-- they don't have to be exact. You can have a picture of the child with a crayon that isn't in the restuarant. You can COLOR that picture. You can use clipart. I LOVE using the digital camera to make my books, but you don't have to do it that way, most people use icons/drawn pictures.
Or, some children might be so excited about the fact that mommy is making a secret book that they will "pose" for the pictures in normally stressful situations.