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In response to a private message, I tried to gather social stories and other resources related to hitting, pushing, spitting and making noise.  Here they are:

Alternatives to aggression

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/practicalstrategies.html – Tucker Turtle social story about avoiding impulsive actions like hitting

Hitting and pushing

http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk/secureFileSystem/temp/QC BDTBAA_NJPCPKFBBHLAEPDPMFAIGOAK/Kirklees%20social%20stories. doc – I like making noises with my body, Why I do hitting, nipping, squeezing and scratching

http://edtech.wku.edu/deans_office/Dr._Tony_Norman/downloads /McDade%20Thesis%20Final%20052007.pdf  – not hitting mom, and greeting people

http://www.autismhelp.info/htm/education/early/social.htm#so cial – <STRONG vyEbW=”0″ qbf1A=”0″>The Consequences of Hitting and Pushing

http://www.adders.org/socialstories.htm#top – nice hands/naughty hands,

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/1235/1/1235.pdf – not pushing in line (page 8)

Personal space:

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/Social_Skills_Pragmatics.htm l – “hula hoop space” (pushing and hitting are ways of invading personal space).

http://www.kansasasd.com/KSASD/Social_Narratives_%28Social_S tories%E2%84%A2__%26__Power_Card%29_Bank.html  – a couple more on personal space


http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=26363&am p;am p;KW=free+PeCS – free PECS

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=26573&am p;am p;KW=voice+modulation – voice modulation resources

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/uploads/Quiet_Mouth_SocialSt ory.pdf – quiet mouth (with simple pictograms)

http://www.pent.ca.gov/socstories.htm – quiet inside voice

Biting and spitting:

http://www.do2learn.com/makeaschedule/helpdocs/sampleSchedul es/notRightToBite.htm – biting (with simple visuals)

http://www.ccsd.edu/files/filesystem/No%20Biting.pdf – no biting (illustrated)

http://www.linguisystems.com/itemdetail.php?id=324 – click on “more samples” to see a social story on spitting.  Click on “2 sample pages” for a social story on pushing.


Here are several more examples (the link is at the bottom of the list).

Bullying problems


Showing your work for math equations

Tattling versus reporting bullying


Asking for help

Being tolerant of people’s differences


Leaving the classroom

Friendly games on the playground

Raising your hand

Touching your body in public

Using the afterschool club room

Talking about death and killing people

Playing with words (saying silly things at inappropriate times)

FE Colleges

What does being independent mean?

Getting a road safety certificate

When new students come

Teasing each other about liking someone

Source:  http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk/secureFileSystem/temp/SA BBDBAC_DCBCHDBBNLNPJAALJEKDDHHO/Social%20Stories%20-%20Leeds .doc

or http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk/pages/viewpage.asp?uniqi d=62 (just click on Social Stories – Leeds).


Here are some new examples of social stories (link at the bottom of this page).  I’ve also added more to my list on page 1 in the past couple days.

I can’t get out of bed (in the morning)

I like making noises with my body

Why I do hitting, nipping, squeezing and scratching

I get mad when I lose

I’m not sitting with her/him!

Nobody takes my things!

I like touching my body

Eating out with friends

When the psychologist comes


http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk/secureFileSystem/temp/QC BDTBAA_NJPCPKFBBHLAEPDPMFAIGOAK/Kirklees%20social%20stories. doc

or http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk (and do a search on Kirklees Social Stories — the second hit listed is the right one).



“Rules in School”

In school, there are rules for the students to obey.

Some rules are written to keep the students safe.

Some rules are written to help the children to be able to learn.

For instance, if the classroom is too noisy, students may have trouble listening and following directions.

So, the teacher must keep the room quiet.

If the children could read books or look at pictures instead of doing their class work, they would not learn to read or to do math well.

So, the teacher must make sure everyone does their class work.

If students were allowed to throw rocks at recess, someone could get hurt.

So, the teacher must make sure everyone is doing something safe. 

Sometimes it is hard to obey the rules because I may really want to do something else.


But I know that the rules help children to be safe and to learn.

I will try to make sure that what I am doing is safe for me and the other kids.

I will try to make sure that what I am doing is not interrupting my learning or the other kids’ learning.

I know that I can obey the rules.

Then, I will be able to have fun with my friends.

Source:  www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us/middleschool/stuff/franklinhandouts.ppt

I posted this under another topic today:


My son is 9 and has suddenly taken the initiative to be more independent in the kitchen.  To keep him safe, I read up on kitchen safety for kids and wrote a social story with illustrations from the new movie “Ratatouille”.

The place with the most extensive safety tips was the CDC.  They give tips for various appliances, but at this point I was mainly interested in the microwave.

http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d000001-d000100/d000021/d000021 .html

And here’s a kitchen safety quiz for kids:


Our social story book was in Norwegian, so he can read it himself instead of me just reading it aloud.  But I made a quick translation.  Here it is, with links to the pictures I used.  Feel free to borrow it if you want.

Title:  Watch out for the safety traps!


The kitchen is a cozy place, isn’t it?


http://www.cinempire.com/multimedia/ratatouille/photos/16.ht ml


But it’s also a dangerous place.

Just ask Remy.


http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2007/06/will_ratatouill e_be_pixars_fir.html


Linguini needs Remy’s help to cook in a safe way.

I need help from a grown-up like Mom or Dad.


http://www.worstpreviews.com/ media.php?id=287&image=1&place=posters&place2=po ster


There are many sharp things in the kitchen, like knives.

Mom and Dad need to be with me when I use a knife.

I never touch the blade, only the handle.


http://www.disneyfrontier.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/_bl ogimages_luxo_RatatouillePoster.jpg


I never fall into the trap of cutting things right on the table or counter-top.  I use a cutting board like Remy and Linguini.




There are also hot things in the kitchen, like the stove.

That’s a big safety trap because it can cause fires.

I must never, ever turn the knobs or touch the stove.




Sometimes I can see heat, like flames and steam.

But sometimes heat is invisible, like a hot cup.

I use a dry oven-mitt to pick up things that might be hot.




If I get burned, I rinse the burn with cold water.

Oops, Remy, use lots of water — not just a drop!




Water on a burn is good, but water on the floor is dangerous.

It makes the floor slippery and people can fall and get hurt.

That’s why I always wipe up my spills.



Rats take food without asking, but I talk to a grown-up when I want food.




When I want something hot to eat,

I can ask a grown-up if I can use the microwave.

Only kids who can read get to do that.

Emil the Rat can’t use the microwave, because he can’t read.

But I can!


http://www.cinempire.com/multimedia/ratatouille/photos/14.ht ml


Only food and our regular plates go in the microwave,

never forks or other things made of metal.


http://www.cinempire.com/multimedia/ratatouille/photos/22.ht ml


The start button can be a safety trap, too.  I never push it without food in the microwave because then the whole thing might get wrecked.  If Linguini made that mistake, Skinner would be very, very mad!




I never leave the kitchen while I’m cooking – talk about a safety mistake!  I watch and listen to the food while I wait.


http://www.cinempire.com/multimedia/ratatouille/photos/26.ht ml


If I hear a pop-sound and I’m not making popcorn,

then I know that the food exploded with heat.


http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/04/06/popcorn-a- symposium/



If that happens, I push the stop button and ask a grown-up for help.


picture of our microwave control panel plus



I can sprinkle on spices all by myself.

Instead of dumping, I shake the spice jar carefully. 


http://www.simonsays.com/assets/isbn/079441284X/C_079441284X .jpg


And here’s one last safety trap – cooking with dirty hands.

Nobody wants to eat food with dirt and germs in it.

I always wash my hands before I make something to eat.




Bon appetit!



Here’s a back to school social story suggestion from Autism Today:

Write a social story.  Here are a few suggestions to add to your story:

Vacation is so much fun.  I really enjoy going to ____________

School begins on __________

I am going to ____________ grade.

My teacher knows all about me and can’t wait to meet me.  Her name is _____________

I might know some friends in my class but I will also make new friends.

I can’t wait for ___________ (library, gym, reading… whatever your child enjoys)

It’s good to go to school because I get to learn and play with my friends.

Source:  commercial e-mail from news@autismtoday.com


Lightning goes flash
Thunder goes crash
The sky is dark and loud

The rain goes splash
The wind goes thrash
But my mummy is very proud

Cos’ I’m sat here at the window
And do you know what I can see?

Very angry weather
But its not angry at me.

So I don’t need to hide
Because Im brave and have nothing to fear

For Im in side in the dry and warm
With my proud mummy sat here

Daytime and Nighttime

Daytime and nighttime are different

Sometimes I get confused

Is it daytime? Is it nighttime?

I can look outside and see.

If it is daytime, I can see very very far.

The sky is blue, or grey if it is cloudy.

If it is nighttime, it is dark, like when I close my eyes.

I go to bed when it is EVENING.

This is at the end of daytime, but sometimes before the sky is very black.

My bedtime is 8pm.

8pm on a clock looks like this.


Sometimes it is raining or there is a storm.

Sometimes it snows.

Sometimes this happens in the daytime, before bedtime.

I can watch the rain or the snow. It is pretty.

I do not have to go to bed, just because it is raining or there is thunder.

I can hear the thunder. It is loud, like a drum.

If I have to go out in the rain or the snow, I wear my coat.

It can be fun, splashing in the rain, or playing in the snow.


Source:  Mumsnet Discussions: Special needs : Does anyone have a SOCIAL STORY for fear of rain and storms?? 

Here’s another link to several social stories –


I noticed it has a couple that I haven’t found anywhere else – about Mom and/or Dad being a soldier.  Given we’ve got some military families on the board, I thought worth checking out.

In addition to social stories, there’s a wealth of information on various school topics, and some excellent picture recipes for the budding cooks I know some of our children are!


AnamCara…Thank you!!  My hubby will be deploying to Afganastan early next year so the one about Daddy being a soldier will come in handy!!


Spectrummum belongs to an MSN Group that has the following social stories in its online directory:



Getting a hair cut

Going to the toilet

Shoe laces

Losing a loved one

When I don’t understand

Tone of voice

Getting dressed

Please contact Spectrummum by Private Messenger and specify which social story you want, and include your child’s first name and age (for personalization purposes).

She also has other social stories not listed above and may be willing to write a story for you.  Please contact her by Private Messenger with any questions you have.

WOW  What a gold mine of social stories!!  Thank you


I use Internet Explorer, and just choose Favorites, Add to Favorites.  I’ve saved old topics and have no problems accessing them.

Otherwise, it’s possible to use the search button at the top of the screen and search for the topic name “Sample Social Stories.”


DUMB question – how can I ‘save’ this thread to refer to it?

Here’s a sample social story journal, for the child to keep track of the social stories he reads and how he feels about it:

http://www.autism-woodview.com/compressed%20images/pdf/D1%20 Visual%20Supports%20-%20Dr.%20Pat%20Mirenda.pdf

Here are some social stories with sound and images that require Smart Board software.  I don’t have this software, so I wasn’t able to view them myself.  Topics are:

Chewing gum

Turning off the lights

Getting in line

Making my bed


Vacuum cleaner

Plus two other stories with an unspecified topic.  Here’s the link:

http://www.willoughby-eastlake.k12.oh.us/classroom/technolog y/autism_and_more.htm


If you are looking for Social Stories, please come join us at Yahoo Groups! Social Stories


We have tons of stories available on the group, plus an index to help you find stories available all over the web.

See you there,

Sandbox learning sells them also.

Here’s my social story for dog bite prevention.  I’m using it to teach my kids what to leave a dog alone, how to act around a dog, and how to pat a dog.  I used it for the first time last night, and we discussed each page during the first reading, then paged through the book again and give them each a turn to try and remember the rules.  They learned very quickly.

My social story uses Scooby Doo characters as the narrators — there’s no reason why a social story can’t be fun (okay, it’s not an official social story with official ratio of descriptive sentence types, etc.).

I used images of real-life dogs that I found (using google), but anyone borrowing this story could use pictures of dogs that your child knows.

Here’s the story:


Title:  Our four-legged friends
http://www.ladybird.co.uk/favouriteCharacters/images/scoobyD oo/scooby.gif

“Like, I love dogs, especially my best friend Scooby here.  To be a good friend to dogs, one thing you gotta know is when to leave ’em alone.  Isn’t that right, Scoob?”
http://clampettstudio.com/images/opc/june2003/12-RC2354-Scoo by-Shaggy.jpg

“Ready to learn the rules?”  “Rou ret!”
http://www.amazon.com/Scooby-doos-Guide-School-Scooby-Doo-Ho wie/dp/0439438179/ref=sr_1_57/104-5219620-8195900?ie=UTF8&am p;am p;s=books&qid=1188227209&sr=1-57

If a dog is tied up,
stay away, don’t walk up.


If a dog has a bone,
you should leave him alone
http://www.askthemeatman.com/images/golden_retriever_chewing _bone.jpg

If a dog has a snack,
don’t come close
Just step back.
http://www.savvy-dog-lovers.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads /2006/12/dog-food.jpg

If the dog is asleep, wait till later to greet.

Puppies need their mom to snuggle.
Don’t disturb or there’ll be trouble.

“Like, why do dogs run, Scoob?”

http://www.thecinemasource.com/movies/reviews/Scooby-Doo-Whe re-Are-You-The-Complete-3rd-Season-DVD-review-2954-0.html

“No, silly.  Dogs often run and bark in reaction to what we do.  Here are some tips about how to act around dogs.”


Be quiet, don’t shout —
noise freaks a dog out.

Calm and slow
is the way to go!
http://images.jupiterimages.com/common/detail/91/46/23464691 .jpg

Don’t look in a dog’s eye
when you walk by.
Just look at your shoe
as you pass through.

If unsure of a dog, be a tree or a log

“I love to pat dogs and give them Scooby Snacks, but I always follow the rules.
Do you know the rules, Fred?”
http://www.pyramidposters.com/catalogue/post-cards/film-tv-p ersonalities/PC9482_SCOOBY%20DOO!%20-%20DAPHNE%20(SCOOBY%20S NACK)

“Of course, Daphne.  Rule number one is to get permission.”
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/8/80/250 px-Daphne_fred_wnsd.jpg

To pat a dog or pup, first ask a grown-up.
http://pawlitepups.com/db5/00415/pawlitepups.com/_uimages/le no008.jpg

Dogs sniff to understand,
so show them your hand.

Pat their chin, shoulders or chest.
That’s safest and best!
http://images.jupiterimages.com/common/detail/44/98/23499844 .jpg

But keep your cute face, out of their space!

A dog’s not a toy.  Never tease or annoy.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42126000/jpg/_42126494_do g_ap_416.jpg

Just act like a friend, for fun without end !

Rooby rooby roo!

Scooby Doo hereby grants a gold medal in doggy friendship skills to _______ (name).  Congratulations on mastering the rules for when to leave a dog alone
how to act around a dog and how to pat a dog.
http://www.animatedbliss.com/FORUM/uploads/joshualane/228_la ff-a-lympics.jpg
Adapted from:

http://www.dogsafety.org.nz/dogsafety.nsf/wpg_URL/Kids-Dog-S afety-Tips-for-Kids-Index!OpenDocument


Today I happened upon Attainment Company, “publishers of products for people with special needs.”  They had several product samples which might be useful for those of us with older children:

Social stories for teens

Today I happened upon a book of social stories for teens.  They have grown-up looking visuals on each page, cover situations relevant to teen life, but are written for kids who have trouble with reading comprehension.  The stories don’t have the true social story format, but are to be used more as a springboard for instruction.  This can actually be a plus, since some teens might balk at being told what to do.

Here’s the link to the first three pages of a six page story called “Try Your Best.”  The link also shows the Table of Contents with the other story titles.

http://attainment.modwest.com/pdfs/bookSamples/SSR_Student_S ample.pdf

Video social stories about school.

Here are some video social stories for upper elementary/middle school, clips from a DVD called “Know the Code.”  The clips “Meeting someone new”, “standing in line”, and “class jobs” can be used as role models and a springboard for discussion.  The other two clips, “introduction” and “Tameka and the bully” show the problem rather than the solution.

http://www.attainmentcompany.com/xcart/product.php?productid =16474&cat=296&page=1

Social story about cleanliness

The following social story about bathing and shampooing is written in simple language in addition to PECS-type symbols.

http://www.attainmentcompany.com/pdfs/bookSamples/HGD_Sample .pdf

I have to dash off to a meeting at the school, but may find more at their website to add to this list later.

Visual checklists about going places.

These visuals can be used like social stories to explain what’s expected and what’s not appropriate when packing before an outing or trip, eating away from home (Table manners, dinner invitation) and money matters (staying safe, going to the bank, dealing with cash).

http://www.attainmentcompany.com/pdfs/bookSamples/CSuccess_S ample.pdf

Help with the morning routine:

Here’s a link to sample pages from the book “Social Standards at School.”  Each page has a short pre-made self-talk story (social story) and self-monitoring checklist, plus room for personal additions.  Subjects covered are:  getting ready for school, walking to school, waiting for the bus, riding the bus and arriving by car.


More social stories for teens/young adults:

The two samples from the book “Connections in the Work Place”.  They cover getting dressed for work and getting dressed for a social event.

http://www.attainmentcompany.com/pdfs/bookSamples/Connect_St u_Sample.pdf

Video social stories of life skills:

Excerpts from the “Mary on the Move” series of DVDs about life skills.  Includes looking good (washing up and brushing teeth), keeping house, select a meal, plan your day, shopping smart and home cooking.

http://www.attainmentcompany.com/xcart/product.php?productid =16316&cat=304&page=2



Here’s a separate list of all the social stories connected with dental health:


http://www.fraser.org/products/CDs.html – sample video from My Healthy Smile

http://dentistry.about.com/od/childrensdentistry/ig/Dentist- Appointment-Photos/index.htm – photo gallery of dentist pictures, with captions rather than social story text.

http://www.jambav.com/modules/makale/makale.php?id=6 – To access the story:

1)  Go to the above webpage and click on “Ready for our stories?” at the bottom of the page.

2)  You should then see an image of 3 bookshelves.  Click on the title you want, and its image will show up on the bottom shelf.  Click on that image to start the story.

3)  You can get back to the bookshelves at any time by clicking on the menu tab, and then choosing “Select.”

Brushing (and flossing):

http://www.colgate.com/app/Kids-World/US/Game_Coolmoves.cvsp – kid-friendly video showing how to brush and floss.

http://www.educ.ttu.edu/EDSP/burkhartproject/ModuleThree/Dif ferent_Approaches/Social_Stories.htm 


http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Social%20Stories/Pages/br ushing_my_teeth.htm


http://www.slatersoftware.com/BrushingTeethSocialStory.pdf – with PECS symbols.

Here I’ve consolidated all the bus-related social stories listed elsewhere on this topic:

www.maapservices.org/Maap_Archive_Articles/SocialChallenges. pdf – a different bus (ca. page 56)

http://www.autism-india.org/dec99.html – bus

http://judyanddavid.com/cha/strategies/socstory.html – school bus

http://www.oreilly.com/medical/autism/news/social_skills.htm l – James is a good bus rider.

http://www.focus-ga.org/newsletter_2005.htm – being a good bus rider.

Learning to Use the Bus

On The Bus

http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Social%20Stories/Pages/i_ take_the_bus_to_school_almost_.htm  – bus evacuation drill

Social Story to School and to Home was written for a child with autism to help teach him safety rules and what to expect before, during and after his bus ride to school.

http://attainmentcompany.com/pdfs/bookSamples/SSS_Sample.pdf – short pre-made self-talk story (social story) and self-monitoring checklist, plus room for personal additions.  Subjects covered include waiting for the bus and riding the bus.

http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/autism/soci al/assets/bus.pdf – riding the school bus.



Found some new stories today:


Touching Someone Elses Things – A Social Story Going to the Doctor – A Social Story Speaking to People – A Social Story Hands and Feet to Myself – A Social Story Inside or Outside Voice – A Social Story My Birthday Party – A Social Story Everybody Needs Personal Space – A Social Story What does ANGER Look Like? – A Social Story



Source:  http://raine.zoned-out.com/index.php?option=com_content& task=category&sectionid=42&id=127&Itemid=192&amp ;PHPSESSID=b93d54a264caafd1ffb0e78dfd228314

The current issue of Positively Autism (a free online newsletter) is devoted to social stories.  Here’s the link:



Here I’ve consolidated all the social stories about bedtime:

Sample social stories:

http://billandaddie.blogspot.com/search?q=Bedtime+social+story – bedtime

http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/stateschools/PDF/ParentFocus(De c05).pdf – bedtime

http://www.autism-india.org/dec99.html – going to bed

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=528&a=3376 – “time for bed” (under the paragraph headed “Explaining sleep”).

http://www.mhkc.org/media/doc1/Autism%20Social%20Stories/FEE LING%20SAFE%20IN%20BED%20AT%20NIGHT.PDF  – feeling safe in bed at night at camp.

Thanks for posting those social stories, Nicole.  I’m not a stickler to the social story rules myself, and it’s just so great to get ideas and inspiration from stories written by you and others, when I sit down to write my own.

If anyone else has some social stories to share, by all means post them here.Smile


Oh, this is perfect! I needed a sub teacher story. Thank you.

mama to Sam 8 yrs PD NOS OCD ODD PPD and Alex 2 yrs

Social Stories for Having a Substitute Teacher

Here are some stories I wrote for my school about having a substitute teacher. They don’t follow the official social stories format exactly, but I hope they will be helpful. I made them fairly general so that they could work in a variety of classrooms.

For elementary age students (one story for having a sub tomorrow and one for having a Sub on Monday):

Having a Substitute Teacher

Tomorrow our class will have a substitute teacher.

This means that a different person will be the teacher for the day.

Sometimes your teacher will not be at school. Your teacher might be sick or need to go to a meeting.

It is okay to feel nervous, but the substitute teacher will be nice and help you with your work.

Your regular teacher will be back soon.
Having a Substitute Teacher

On Monday our class will have a substitute teacher.

This means that a different person will be the teacher for the day.

Sometimes your teacher will not be at school. Your teacher might be sick or need to go to a meeting.

It is okay to feel nervous, but the substitute teacher will be nice and help you with your work.

Your regular teacher will be back soon.

For students in upper grades (teacher can fill in blanks if known):

Having a Substitute Teacher

Our class will have a substitute teacher on ________________________________________.

_________________________ will be away from school to go to an important meeting or appointment.

Your substitute teacher will be ___________________________________. This substitute teacher will help teach your class and will help you with your work.

Your teacher will be back on __________________________________________.

Sometimes your teacher will be absent unexpectedly. If this happens, you will also have a substitute teacher and your regular teacher will be back soon.

Here is the link to another social story about this topic: http://www.expresstrain.org/lyrics.pdf (scroll down to the story called “New Teacher Today”)

Take care,


Free Autism Resources and Printable Activities for Parents and Teachers! ~ http://www.PositivelyAutism.com/

positiveautism39368.2997685185Just celebrating 10,000 hits.  Blows my mind that this topic has been looked at 10,000 times!This is my favorite of your resource links.  It really is fantastic and obviously others feel the same!  Thanks again and congrats.

Here are all the hair cut stories gathered in one place:

http://sam26847.tripod.com/index.html – simple story

http://www.aspect.org.au/publications/ksummer07/ksummer07.pd f – Getting my hair cut (with illustrations)

http://www.autism-india.org/dec99.html – Getting a hair cut

http://attainmentcompany.com/pdfs/bookSamples/LSR_Sample.pdf – barber/hair cut (with photos)

http://www.jambav.com/modules/makale/makale.php?id=6 – animated.  To access the story, click on “Ready for our stories?” at the bottom of the page.  You should then see an image of 3 bookshelves.  Click on the title you want, and its image will show up on the bottom shelf.  Click on that image to start the story.

http://www.tautoko.org.nz/Haircut%20For%20Jane.htm – Jane can get her hair cut safely (with clip art illustrations)

If any of the links don’t work, remove any blank spaces from the address and try again.  If it still doesn’t work, let me know.

This week is winter break, and my goal is to focus on jigsaw puzzle skills.  I wrote a social story on it.  I’ve included a couple images, but if you want more you can find almost 2,000 puzzle related images at this link:


Here’s my social story about puzzles:

It’s fun to put together jigsaw puzzles.

I start by flipping the pieces so I can see the colorful side.


Next I sort out the edge pieces.

I know the difference between edge pieces, corner pieces and middle pieces.

That’s a great thing to know!

Edge piece

Corner piece http://www.inmagine.com/iz153/iz153016-photo

Middle piece
http://www.absolutestockphoto.com/images/userpics/10054/thum b_Absolute_54_5808.jpg

It’s a good idea to put together the top or bottom edge first.

I can check the picture on the box to see what color those pieces tend to be.

Sometimes the top of the picture shows the sky.

Then I can look for edge pieces that are blue like the sky!

When I put the puzzle together, I look at the shape of the piece.

I also look at the picture on it.

I try to match it to other pieces that show almost the same thing.

I turn the piece and try it different ways.

If it seems to fit, I can ask myself, “does it look right?”

If it doesn’t look right, I try again.

Sometimes nothing seems to work.

I might feel frustrated.  That’s okay.

I just put the piece down for now and try another one.

I can also look for mistakes.

Maybe another piece is in the spot I’m looking for.

When I’m done with my puzzle, I feel so proud!

I can show a friend or grown-up my puzzle.

Then I take it apart and put it back in the box or bag.

That way the puzzle is ready for next time I want to build!

The following website contains social story-like slideshows, with lots of kid-friendly pictures.  At the present date, the slideshows include birthdays, dentist, doctor, haircut, airplane, restaurant, school, and grocery store.

Most are available to play online or to download free.  When you play online, it does take awhile to load and it doesn’t always look like anything is happening while you load, so be patient.



The social stories at Speaking of Speech have been moved to a new “Social Skills Materials” section under “Materials Exchange” section.  They all have illustrations as far as I know.  Link here:

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/Social_Skills_Pragmatics.htm l

As of today, the stories include:

Proxemics (personal space at the teen level)

Choices and have to do’s

No potty words

Going to McDonalds

No middle finger

Social kiss

Nose picking is gross

Going to a new school

Behaving respectfully

Raising hand

Quiet mouth


Hands to myself

Tantrums don’t help

Feeling happy

Feeling sad

Hula hoop space (personal boundaries)




Found lots and lots of social-story like pages at LinguiSystems today.  They have sets of 5 books for the primary, intermediate (preteen/middle school) and adolescent level.  All have illustrations, and the adolescent ones are simple enough that they could be used by many younger kids.

I didn’t have time to index all the samples for the intermediate and adolescent levels, but all the primary level samples are listed below along with a few from the other two levels.


Books sold as a set


2 sample pages:  Transitions, waiting for help

More samples:  Using the computer, taking medicine, shutting the bathroom door, visiting a friend’s house, running away (darting).


1)  Behavior


2 sample pages:  Pushing, biting myself

More samples:  climbing on furniture, flushing the toilet, spitting.

2)  Community:


2 sample pages:  New clothes, park

More samples:  Movie theatre, taking a vacation, the elevator.

3)  Getting along:


2 sample pages:  Saying nice things, fingers in my mouth

More samples:  Saying goodbye at school, getting picture taken, using a tissue

4)  Home


2 sample pages:  Getting dressed, the babysitter.

More samples:  Brushing teeth, getting help, time-out, having company.

5) School


2 sample pages:  I eat my own food, waiting for help

More samples:  Listening to my teacher read a story, raising my hand, my teacher is sick,

They also have 5 books with similar samples for the intermediate level (preteen/middle school), and 5 books with similar samples for the adolescent level.


Books sold as a set


2 sample pages:  keeping clothes on, pushing

More samples:  staying on topic, biting self, washing hands, lunch choices, electricity goes out.

Individual books

Autism & PDD: Intermediate Social Skills Lessons – Communication
Autism & PDD: Intermediate Social Skills Lessons – Controlling Behavior
Autism & PDD: Intermediate Social Skills Lessons – Healthy Habits 2 samples (food pyramid, acne), more samples (smoking, wearing glasses, biting my nails).
Autism & PDD: Intermediate Social Skills Lessons – Middle School
Autism & PDD: Intermediate Social Skills Lessons – Special Events & Activities – 2 samples (vet, hotel) more samples (shared custody, pet dies, table manners)


Books sold as a set


2 sample pages:  When people bother me

More samples:  Being healthy, saying please and thank you, feeling disappointed, letting others work

Individual books

Autism & PDD: Adolescent Social Skills – Health & Hygiene
Autism & PDD: Adolescent Social Skills – Secondary Schools
Autism & PDD: Adolescent Social Skills – Interacting
Autism & PDD: Adolescent Social Skills – Vocational
Autism & PDD: Adolescent Social Skills – Managing Behavior


Here’s a list of social stories from Little Tor Elementary School.  The ones I looked at had pictures:

Arguing (pdf file – 166kb)

pdf Asking Someone to Play (pdf file – 306kb)

pdf Being a Kind Friend (pdf file – 188kb)

pdf Being Angry (pdf file – 158kb)

pdf Death (pdf file – 208kb)

pdf Going to Mass (pdf file – 235kb)

pdf Going Trick or Treating (pdf file – 279kb)

pdf Good Times to Get Attention (pdf file – 335kb)

pdf Hello book (pdf file – 173kb)

ppt I am Mad (ppt file – 993kb)

ppt I am mad plus what to do (ppt file – 1,444kb)

pdf Making choices (pdf file – 233kb)

pdf Making green and red choices with pics (pdf file – 257kb)

pdf My going potty story (pdf file – 293kb)

pdf My line story (pdf file – 293kb)

pdf My taking a break story (pdf file – 353kb)

pdf No Biting (pdf file – 261kb)

pdf No biting story (pdf file – 261kb)

ppt passing gas (ppt file – 228kb)

pdf Picking My Nose (pdf file – 182kb)

pdf Picture day (pdf file – 276kb)

ppt Proximity when talking (ppt file – 898kb)

pdf Saying excuse me (pdf file – 207kb)

pdf Social Stories (pdf file – 166kb)

pdf Speaking distance (pdf file – 93kb)

Story book template (pot file – 23kb) Note from Norway Mom:  this is for making a story to flip through on the computer.  It has page forward and page back buttons built in.

pdf Substitute teachers (pdf file – 229kb)

pdf Teachers Job and My Job (pdf file – 397kb)

pdf Teachers job my job (pdf file – 397kb)

pdf Teasing (pdf file – 308kb)

pdf Wearing glasses (pdf file – 192kb)

pdf Where I can Draw (pdf file – 276kb)

pdf Winning and losing (pdf file – 217kb)



Today I found a site I’m super excited about.  Kansas Instructional Support Network’s webpage has a bank of social stories and power cards.  A very long list which is bound to get longer.  They have various formats (PDF, Word, Powerpoint), but every one that I’ve clicked on has illustrations, and you know how important visual support is!

“Whole body listening” is a story that caught my interest, and I’m sure that everyone who visits the site will find at least one story they’re interested in.  I’ve added some of the stories to my potty resource collection, airplane travel resource collection, etc.

http://www.kansasasd.com/KSASD/Social_Narratives_%28Social_S tories%E2%84%A2__%26__Power_Card%29_Bank.html


I cant open any of those

This week I wrote two social stories about circle time, which my oldest son thinks is the worst thing about school.

There were several things contributing to his bad attitude about circle time, so I had to address them in separate stories.  The stories had photos or clip art every 3rd line, approximately, so the stories would be more fun for him to read.

One problem was that he thought it was wrong to have circle time in the classroom, because for him the classroom is ONLY for learning.  Another problem was that he would sometimes stand up and announce “this is not interesting” and try to go to the room where he has special ed.  My first social story addressed those two problems (translated from Norwegian):

We kids in 4A have a nice classroom.

We learn a lot there.

We do other things there too.

We eat there.

We play there.

We also have circle time there.

For circle time I sit by the window.

[Special ed teacher’s name] or [aide’s name] usually sit by me.

I like where I sit.

We stay there until circle time is over.

I sit in my spot and pay attention.

That makes everyone happy!

In story number 2, I try to use his interest in good manners to try and motivate him (he learns and works best if he feels it’s meaningful).  I also explain that  sitting in the circle works like standing in a line, something he didn’t seem to realize.  He doesn’t like this story, because he doesn’t want to change his attitude.  But I believe it will start to work after several readings.

Here’s the story:

I like to go to school!

It’s sort of like having a job.

During class we work with our brains.

During gym we work with our bodies.

And in circle time we work with our good manners.

That’s also important!

Good manners are using your ears.

I sit still and listen to each word that is said.

Good manners are using your eyes.

I try to look at the person who’s talking.

I like it when we get to see something interesting [here I had pictures of mushrooms and caterpillars, which they’ve looked at during circle time in the past].

We can learn a lot from that.

Good manners are also using your heart.

We care about others, and about what they did over the weekend.

Sometimes my classmates have done something really interesting!

We are all glad in our hearts when someone has a birthday.

Then we take turns saying something nice to the birthday boy or girl.

I’m very good at that!

Good manners are also taking turns.

Our teacher decides who gets to talk first.

I wait for my turn to talk — it’s like I’m sitting in a line.

Good manners are great to have!


Norway Mom, I really liked that story. I am going to copy it and simplify it

for him. My son also tunes out at times when he is not interested and that is

lost learning.

Here are three sites with musical social stories:

1)  http://www.spectrumconnections.com/index.php

2)  http://www.sproutonline.com/sprout/videos/character.aspx?pre set=bounce

Bounce is a developmental series that addresses cognitive and social learning through music, fun and established teaching tools.  Website #1 is the official Bounce site, and website #2 is Bounce on PBS Sprout (broadcast M-F mornings between 6 am and 8 am Eastern Time).

Bounce host, Elizabeth Balzano, is an experienced musical therapist.  She works with special needs preschoolers, with an emphasis on children who are on the spectrum of autism.  Thanks for the tip, ShelleyR!

There are 5 DVDs in the Bounce series, and website #1 has a sample video from each, most of them showing an entire song.

– Let’s Go – the sample from this DVD is about going to the doctor.

– Let’s Talk – the sample from this DVD is about asking for help.

– Routines – this sample is about cleaning up (washing hands, picking up toys, and cleaning up dishes after a meal)

– Emotions – sample about feeling happy

– Body Movements – sample about shaking various body parts

There are three more video samples on the PBS Sprout site:

– Birthday Party Song

– Hello Song

– Playground Song

3)  http://www.rivannamusic.com/

Music Therapist Cathy Bollinger’s website has shorter song samples (audio only) from her various albums.  Four of the albums have practical, social story type lessons (the other five are either lullabies or intended to build language and pre-literacy skills).

Ready to Learn” has extra many audio samples plus written lyrics.  The lyrics would be good to use as slogans in written social stories, too.  For example this excerpt from “My Eyes are looking forward (the listening song)”:

My eyes are looking forward
My hands are in my lap
My mouth is closed
I put on my thinking cap

The albums can be ordered through her website.  (Thanks for the tip, ellyt).


Our member “teacher” tipped me about this
set of power point social stories from Midland County Educational
Services Agency.


PowerPoint Social Scripts
Guide (MS Word)

Social Script Master Template (MS



Action Figures at School

Arriving at School

Being Polite in Class

Breakfast at School

Dry Pants with Spanish
Dry Pants
Fire Drill I am Mad
More Kicking
Passing Gas
Quiet Mouth Sharing

Substitute Teacher

The Things I do at

Back to MCESA Special
Education Page


Source:  http://www.mcesa.k12.mi.us/SocialScripts/SocialScripts.htm


[QUOTE=NorwayMom]I’m so sorry to hear about your father in law, leechbabe.  [/QUOTE]

Thank you.  He has been in and out of hospital a great deal and I’ve put together a social story to help Heidi with the frequent visits to hospital.

http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/social-story-visit ing-hospital/
Excellent social story, leechbabe.  I’m adding under the death and dying resources list, too.  Thanks for sharing it.

http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/birthday-party-soc ial-story/ – birthday party story, no illustrations.



I’ve been getting a few hits on my blog from this link which inspired me to sign up.  I’d love some feedback on if the social story was useful or not.

I’ve got two more stories up

One about me going away and my autistic daughter staying behind (with pictures)- http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/going-away-social- story/

The other is about going to church and Sunday School – http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/sunday-school-chur ch-social-story/

Tomorrow I’ve got a story about going to the dentist scheduled to post also.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Welcome to the forum, leechbabe!  Thanks for the tip about the social story on you going away — nicely done.  I added it to my long list on the first page of this topic.

The church social story I had posted under this topic (church-related resources):

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=19276&am p;KW=church%2Drelated

The dentist story will go under this topic (dental resources):

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=19277&am p;KW=dental+resources

Keep ’em coming.  Other people’s social stories are both good to use as is and great to use as a jumping off point for stories personalized for each individual child’s needs, interests, and level of understanding.

Thanks again.

Thank you for the welcome.  I’ve been spending a great deal of time in your thread about death.  My FIL has lung cancer and is not expected to last the year.  I’m so pleased to have found a really good resource to help my daughters through.
I’m so sorry to hear about your father in law, leechbabe.

Here are several social stories in powerpoint format.  I have not checked these files to make sure they are virus free, but the source seems legit.

Source for text below:  http://thebehaviorguy.net/socialstories.aspx

Keeping Others Healthy When I Cough: I do not recall writing this story but I did put it together in ppt format. I may have put it together during a presentation…….so credit goes to the original writer.

Visual Signs for Center areas: from Universit of South Florida

Asking other Kids to Play

Calling out answers in the classroom; What do you do when you know the answers to questions asked in class? This  social story attempts to help clarify.

“Going to School on the bus”

“Going to School in a car”

“Circle time”– What do we do in circle time?

“Feelings“- Simple ppt. showing the different emotions for discussion


“Getting Angry in School“- Story about what to do when you get angry in school

“Washing my Hands”– steps to washing hands

“Washing hands” as a show which means it will open and run automatically

“I Like to Run”– Story for a student that runs in school

“Using My Words”– Short story on using words.

“I Can Use the Potty”

“Wet and Dry”– This ppt is intended to accompany the book on using the potty as a way to teach the difference of things that are wet and things that are dry.

This document contains images that are wet and dry that can be used as coloring sheets or additional visuals to post in the home.

“My Friend With Autism” This ppt is shown here as a book. It is intended as a story to be read with the entire class for inclusion classrooms grade k-2.

Bumping this to keep it on the current view.

The following link explains a simple way of writing a social story for an adult with autism or Aspergers.  It includes sample statements under each step that together adds up to a social story on keeping track of one’s belongings:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2361780_write-social-story-adults-au tismaspergers.html

The same author wrote an explanation of writing a social story for children.  Each step includes an illustrated page from a social story about following directions at school.  Click on the thumbprint of each page to enlarge:



Here are the latest additions at www.speakingofspeech.com.

Social Stories by Shanda Mushrush.  Posted 3/19/08.

Going to Wendy’s
Going Bowling
Illness Directions
Illness Symbols1
Illness Symbols2

“Nosepaper” for nosepickers.  Created by Vicki Pappas.  Posted 3/19/08.
Nose Flash

Following School Rules Social story from Kristine Hampton.  Posted 4/3/08.
I Need To Follow Rules

Gym Class Social story from Kristine Hampton.  Posted 4/3/08.
Gym Class

Picking My Fingers Social story from Kristin Hampton.  Posted 4/3/08.
Picking My Fingers

Going on a Field Trip Social stories.  From Shirby Thomas. Posted 4/3/08.

Field Trip Story Directions
Going on a Field Trip
Going to the Circus

Friendship:  Questions to help a student decide “is this person my friend” based on positive and negative behaviors.  Also instructions on “what can I do for a friend?” and “what can my friends do for me?”  Created by Gretchen Curtis. Posted 4/13/08.


Things I Can Do for My Friend

Things My Friends Can Do for Me

Play Date Social Story  From Gretchen Curtis.  Posted 4/13/08.
Playdate 1
Playdate 2
Playdate 3
Playdate 4
Playdate 5




Today I gathered all the social stories about field trips.

http://www.positivelyautism.com/volume3issue07/section7.html – Going to the state fair and renaissance festival (with photos).

http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/A-Field-Trip-To-Spla sh-Down.html – field trip to a water park (also linked from Positively Autism).


http://www.do2learn.com/makeaschedule/helpdocs/index.htm – rollerskating field trip (with simple visuals)

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/lac_dev/images/temp_static/20 070426142914.SocialStory.doc – field trip to an interactive art museum, with photographs.

http://christinesouthard.blogspot.com/2008/07/social-stories -using-mixbook.html – social story about visiting a children’s museum with hands-on activities like music and bubbles.  Made using mixbook software.

http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/CCM_Social%20Story.pdf – to prepare kids for a visit to this particular museum.

http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/Resource.aspx?id=263 – going to the grocery store with school.

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/Social_Skills_Pragmatics.htm l – field trip to McDonalds, Wendy’s, bowling, circus, and a generic one (focusing on the bus ride and snack).

This list of social stories is also posted under this field trip topic:

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=30450&am p;PN=1&TPN=1

Here are some social stories about coughing/sneezing, if anyone needs them.

http://www.germywormy.com/GermyWormyPuppetShowSnippet.html – this clip is from a video that is part of a product package called Germy Wormy, where you get a DVD, parent/teacher materials and sleeve protectors with a worm on them to remind your child to cough and sneeze into their elbow.  But I think the video clip can be used on its own (particularly if you buy a worm/caterpillar sticker and stick it on your child’s elbow).

http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/autism/soci al/assets/Coughing.pdf

http://www.instructingautism.com/social_stories/ – I cover my mouth, I can say excuse me, and I can clean the table (plus some related teaching tools).

http://www.pop.deltasd.bc.ca/acrobat/cough.pdf – I need to cover my mouth when I cough, with illustrations.

http://books.google.no/books?id=6ysB9NkTSNYC&pg=PA30&amp ; ;lpg=PA30&dq=cough+%22social+story%22&source=web& ;ots=AbQoKDbbyY&sig=OrtSo9wVeOdHRzfIQg72RkTRpu4&hl=n o&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=9&ct=result  – keeping others healthy when I cough (by Carol Gray)

Tar Heel Reader contains online books “for beginning readers of all ages.”  Three of those books are tagged as social stories (boiling water as a metaphor of stress, going to the movies, and I want bathroom).  Other books aren’t tagged as social stories but can be used that way.

Here’s a direct link to the three books tagged as social stories:



This isn’t exactly a social story, but a good visual reminder about paying attention.  I found it in the book “How to Promote Children’s Social and Emotional Competance” by Carolyn Webster-Stratton:

http://www.amazon.com/Promote-Childrens-Social-Emotional-Com petence/dp/0761965017/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&q id=1223716564&sr=8-2

I only have the Norwegian version, so I’ll have to translate.  The visual reminder is a hand.  When an adult holds up his/her hand in a stop gesture, it is a reminder to pay attention.  The five fingers symbolize the five elements of paying attention:

1)  Ears open

2)  Mouth shut

3)  Eyes on the teacher

4)  Hands in the lap

5)  Feet on the floor.

The book includes a visual with a drawing of a hand.  These five expectations are written on the five fingers.


Today I hit the jackpot and found some illustrated social stories.  As of today, they have the following social stories:

Tip sheet

I go to preschool (on the bus)

I go to preschool (in the car)

What do we do in circle

I can be a super friend

I can stay safe

I can use my words

Tucker turtle takes time to tuck and think (alternative to hitting)


I also liked their solution kit cue cards.  Browse around the social stories and resources here:



Under the following topic I have social stories connected with medical procedures and doctor visits:

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23226&am p;PN=1&TPN=1

Today I added the following illustrated social stories with text and AUDIO!

http://www.helpautismnow.com/?page_id=12 – “Going to get blood drawn,” “Going to the doctor’s”





The following website has an example of a social story data sheet for monitoring progress.  It’s in Appendix A.

http://www.rowan.edu/library/rowan_theses/RU1999/0261USIN.pd f

Appendix B contains 3 social stories – about saying “excuse me” to initiate interaction, raising your hand during lunch, and sharing.

At this website http://www.slatersoftware.com/document.html, you’ll find the following illustrated social stories, as well as other stories and PECS-type resources:

Special Occasions:

Fireworks Social Story 3 pages, 300 KB, PDF

Halloween Social Story 5 pages, 312 KB, PDF

Mother’s Day Social Story 4 pages, 176 KB, PDF

Thanksgiving Social Story 6 pages, 532 KB, PDF

Cumpleaños Social Story 3 pages, 376 KB, PDF

Birthday Social Story 4 pages, 452 KB, PDF

Easter Social Story 7 pages, 352 KB, PDF



Swimming Pool Social Story 5 pages, 544 KB, PDF

Social Story – Visitors 1 page, 148 KB, PDF

Hygiene and Personal Care:


Washing Hands Social Story 5 pages, 468 KB, PDF

Brushing Teeth Social Story 4 pages, 436 KB, PDF
Doctor Social Story 2 pages, 292 KB, PDF



Last Day of School Social Story 5 pages, 372 KB, PDF

Social Story – Lunchroom 3 pages, 199 KB, PDF

Family Life:


Mom Soldier Social Story 5 pages, 312 KB, PDF
Dad Soldier Social Story 5 pages, 316 KB, PDF

Social Stories

When I feel angryGoing to AssembliesRiding the school bus – http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/autism/soci al/assets/bus.pdfHaving a casual teacherWhen I coughSaying helloHaving helpers in the classroomComing to the floor

What to do at big lunch and little lunch

Going to Mass ( http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/autism/soci al/assets/mass.pdf)Taking my medicineTrying new foodWhat I should do when the teacher is talkingTrying to spell new words http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/autism/soci al/assets/Spell_New_Words.pdf



Source:  http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/autism/soci al/assets/



Asking Questions

Bathroom Book Cutouts

Bathroom Book

Going to the Playground

Going to School

Good Words (Bad Words)

I Need Help

In the Bathroom


Leave the Classroom Safely

Lunch Book

My Cleanup Book

My Day at School

My Hello Book

My Potty Book

Our Playground Book

Raising Hand


Snack Time Talk

Talking to My Friends

Talking to My Teacher

Time to Go Home

Walking in the Hall



Source:  http://www.fcps.edu/ss/its/howtos/socstor/socstories.htm


Good grief.  I guess I’m on a roll tonight.  Here are some more.



 What Social Stories Are

 What Its Like to Have Somebody From Tautoko Helping Me

 Haircut For Jane 

 Katies Book About Changes 

 Things To Do When I Am Bored    

Source:  http://www.tautoko.org.nz/social_stories.htm



Social stories created by Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp:

Animals in the forest

Being kind to others

Breaks at camp


Campout schedule

Canoe safety rules


Choices at camp

Eating healthy at camp

Feeling safe in bed at night


Fun activities at camp



Morning routine

My group at camp

Nighttime routine

Personal space

Quiet time at camp

Riding horses at camp

Rocks stay on the ground

Setting the table for mealtime

Staying with my counselor

Staying with my group

Time to go home

Touching appropriately

Waiting for my turn

Ways to show my friends I like them




Thank you so much NorwayMom!!!



Thank you so much. Wonderful. It’s on my bookmark.

My son really likes Jed Baker’s ‘Social Skills Picture Book’ It’s a bit pricey

but has been worth it for us. I need to find one for sitting in the front of the grocery cart. It terrifies Wyatt, because of his gravitational insecurity issues. I let him sit in the back whenever I can, but sometimes there’s not enough room or he won’t leave the fruit alone (my child is a fruit bat, I tell you! He could live on fruit FOREVER- and tries to on a regular basis!). He is also known for chucking food he doesn’t like (i.e, things that are not fruit, cookies or bread- which we love to pinch  when mommy isn’t looking) out of the cart. If it’s round and not an apple, it is also confused with being a ball. All round things are balls. What do you mean don’t throw that round thing? All round things are balls . . . and it goes on. He hates car carts. He’s a bolter. He delights in crashing displays. I need the little dude in the front, restrained, safe and out of grapes’ way. Can you help? (Oh and BTW, please forgive my whining/purging, but nobody but y’all understands this and I’ve been dealing with this for 2+ years! *insert twitching here* I promise I will now use my big girl words and not whine. )

Here’s a social story that is difficult to access from the link on page 1.

Sometimes a person says I changed my mind.

This means they had one idea, but now they have a new idea.

I will work on staying calm when someone changes their mind.

When someone says “I changed my mind”, I can think of someone writing something down, scratching it out, and writing something new.

Source:  www.pattan.net/files/Paraed/ParaSummer05/8ASD.ppt

This is awsome!  Thanks so much everyone!

The one I really needed was “save your kisses for home” as I’ve got a little Cassanova on my hands!


This is an incredible resource. Thank you Norway Mom for doing all this

work. What a time saver, I can not thank you enough.   You have the best


Thank You – Thank You – Thank You!

Wow thank you for the amazing resources!

kristys- I have some of the Help Me Be Good series.  I do like them.  They have lots of pictures showing the kids doing the talking.  Some of the books cross topics, so I returned some of them.  I got them thru scholastic book club, they sent a book monthly.  My dd seems to like them more now that she is older.

I hit the jackpot today and found a google preview of Carol Gray’s “The New Social Story Book – Illustrated Edition” with 25 social stories on view under the categories Social Skills, People and Pets, and Personal Care.  Here’s the list:

Chapter 1: Social Skills

  • Learning to chew gum

  • Giving a gift

  • Happiness is a good feeling

  • Learning to help others

  • How to give a hug

  • How to greet someone

  • How to make someone happy

  • How to use the telephone

  • Learning to play fair

  • Receiving a treat in school

  • Sharing

  • Smiling

  • Learning to shake someone’s hand

  • When do I say, “Thank you” and “Excuse me?”

  • Looking while listening

Chapter 2: People and Pets

  • Can I hold the baby?

  • I have a cat

  • Playing with my dog

Chapter 3: Personal care

  • Nightmares

  • Using the shower

  • Learning to shave

  • Washing my hands

  • Wearing clothes, shoes, and a new shirt

  • Keeping others healthy when I cough

  • Thermometers

http://books.google.com/books?id=6ysB9NkTSNYC&pg=PR11&am p;am p;dq=%22social+story%22+shampoo&sig=gtt1Eak4AWmXIzFFDnEZ KXSzqE8#PPP1,M1

NorwayMom39647.1863657407This saves so much time for me!  I will definetly save those!!!  I really wish local libraries had more books on autism AND books for kids w/autism!  I told the children’s librarian how much the DK “MY FIRST____” (picture) books helped my son and she ordered more right away.  The more the merrier.  Thanks for posting!



Thank you so much!  You are such a wealth of information, and these will be a great resource for my dd!!



I don’t understand how you do it, Norwaymom. You should really think

about starting a resource website! Seriously! You could get paid to help

parents! (sell books? Sell Ads?) My goodness, are you ever helpful!As always, NorwayMom–YOU ROCK! Thank you so much for all of this,

what a time & lifesaver you are. Interesting–those “Flemington-Raritan”

ones you found, that’s the school district I grew up in. Small world!

Here’s the list of social stories available at http://www.machkovich.com/CorysAutismRecovery/SocialStories/ index.htm

Cool!  I hit the jackpot again!  I ran across a website with 20 social stories, all with text, audio and flash-art of pages turning in a book.  Some of them have simple animation on each page, others have pictures, others just text.  Here’s the list of story titles:


Getting a hair cut, Greeting people, Hare and the tortoise, Saying please, Saying thank you, sharing with friends, Sitting quietly, Visiting the dentist, and Walking in a line.

Stories in pictures:

Listening to others, Other people’s watches, Other people’s spectacles, Playing with my tea, Putting my toys back, Shopping, Visiting a doctor, and Washing my hands.

Stories in words:

Introducing myself, Raising my hand, and Receiving a compliment.

To access them, go to this webpage and click on “Ready for our stories?” at the bottom of the page.


You should then see an image of 3 bookshelves.  Click on the title you want, and its image will show up on the bottom shelf.  Click on that image to start the story.

You can get back to the bookshelves at any time by clicking on the menu tab, and then choosing “Select.”


Thanks for taking the time to get these! They are great! I love social stories and our kids respond to them so well! I saw on ebay Joy Berry Books on social stories…They have a series “Help me be good” a complete series is @30 books.  I am looking into those as well:)  They are longer and not sure Sarah would respond to them as well as these “short and sweet” ones!:)

Here’s my latest list of sample social stories.  Please note that some links get corrupted over time — the server seems to add random spaces in the address.  If an address doesn’t work, try removing the spaces.  If it still doesn’t work, let me know and I can try to fix the link.  Be sure you browse through all the posts under this topic for more social story links and social story examples.




http://www.positivelyautism.com/volume4issue2/section2.html – 6 social stories related to playing board games.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/cabil/So lomon-SocialSkills.pdf – change of time for recess (see page 27).

http://www.bfinclusion.org.uk/Autism%20htm/autism_socialstor ies.htm – nursery school, assembly, fire alarm, circle time, speech therapist, sports day.

http://www.bfinclusion.org.uk/Autism%20htm/autism_school_beg inning.htm – set of social stories covering the whole school day

http://books.google.no/books?id=op0QjZikXgsC&pg=PA88&amp ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;lpg=PA88&dq=%22social+story%22+%22i+live+with%22&so urce=bl&ots=LPadnE4A0Z&sig=wptppgkx1qy7jAYI2ZE4Me1N1 Oc&hl=no&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct =result#PPA89,M1 -birthday party, washing machine, raising hand (teen version) and a college-level social story.  From the book “Revealing the hidden social code” by Howley et al.

http://books.google.no/books?id=SoMqHlBLBREC&pg=PA62&amp ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;lpg=PA62&dq=%22social+story%22+%22my+team%22&source =web&ots=UsqKxWa3ML&sig=YrAW–HYP6-ciAhx_EM9oIo5SaA& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp;hl=no&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=re sult#PPP1,M1 – Social story on good sportsmanship and “my quiet spot” from Google books excerpt from Rebecca A. Moyes book “Addressing the Challenging Behavior…”

http://christinesouthard.blogspot.com/2008/07/social-stories -using-mixbook.html – social story about visiting a children’s museum with hands-on activities like music and bubbles.  Made using mixbook software.

http://www.playtimewithzeebu.com/ – the four video clips on this website can function sort of like social stories about being calm (models taking 5 calming  breaths, reinforces that being calm helps us think).  Also mad/worry and perspective taking (looking at you means thinking about you).  Also, look under “How to use your zeebu puppet” for tips on games/activities.  I especially liked the idea of writing on a laminated thought bubble and holding it above your head to bring attention to your thoughts and feelings.

http://playtolearn.weebly.com/uploads/6/9/2/6/692603/kens_st ory.doc – bus story with illustrations.

http://www.liveastory.com/demo/edit/2351– “saying hello” (illustrated)

http://www.mslbd.org/resources_teacher.htm – at present this materials exchange bank includes one social story, about staying on the “green schedule” instead of displaying negative behavior and switching to the “red schedule.”

http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/HatsOff/HatsOffHBM.html – going to the movies.

http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/CCM_Social%20Story.pdf – to prepare kids for a visit to this particular museum.

http://www.specialconnections.ku.edu/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/speccon n/main.php?cat=behavior&subsection=pbs/casea&scene=4  – short power card story about using words when mad, with “Toy Story” character illustrations.

http://www.atpl.net.au/data/sample/pdf/atpsample_14206.pdf – being angry is okay (text only).

http://www.smelena.com/article_emotion_management.php – controlling emotions (for a teen)

http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/birthday-party-soc ial-story/ – birthday party story, no illustrations.

http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/going-away-social- story/ – about mommy going away on the airplane and what daughter will do while mommy’s away.  With some re-usable illustrations (plus personal photos).

http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site2224/m ainpageS2224P6sublevel7.html – social story for autism evaluation.

http://www.channing-bete.com/pandemic-flu/hygiene-handwash.p hp – animated online book with steps for washing hands, and why we do it.  Click on “see a sample video clip”.

http://www.autismsocialsteps.com/bassgettingdressed.html – getting dressed, a “social instructional story” with illustrations

http://www.instructingautism.com/2008/01/social_story_i_cove r_my_mouth.html

http://www.instructingautism.com/social_stories/ – I cover my mouth, I can say excuse me, and I can clean the table (plus some related teaching tools).

http://www.autismsocialsteps.com/bassbusride.html – riding the bus, a “social instructional story” with illustrations

http://www.pop.deltasd.bc.ca/acrobat/cough.pdf – I need to cover my mouth when I cough, with illustrations.
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/FMARSHAL/SCFIRS/FREDDIE/Forms/Ada pted_Curriculum.pdf – 8 social stories at various learning levels, involving fire safety.

http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/The_SPD_Companion -social-stories-and-spd.html – playing board games at recess, story time at school, when I have to take the bus instead of being picked up.

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=27665 – treating books carefully.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2255108_write-social-story.html – following directions at school

http://www.iase.ie/ppt/Katarina_Larsson_Methods_of_Teaching_ Social_Skills.ppt – slide 28 is about dressing for the workplace, and slide 31 is about eating lunch in a cafeteria (for an adult).

http://www.sess.ie/sess/Files/SocialStory.pdf – going to the diner (illustrated) and new school (fill in the blank).

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/what_are_social_stories.pdf – washing hands (page 13), attending a funeral (page 21), and sleep (page 26).


http://autism-visuals.com/Documents/moving_day.doc – moving to a new house

http://www.ispeek.co.uk/index.asp?page=freebies.asp – 3 simple stories/visual checklists about what to do when feeling worried, sad, or angry.

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00001235/01/1235.pdf  – standing in line, not calling out.  No pictures.

http://books.google.no/books?id=op0QjZikXgsC&pg=PA54&amp ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;a mp; ;a mp;a mp; ;lpg=PA54&dq=%22social+story%22+laugh&source=we b& ;ots=LP97qzawZ_&sig=EYKE9WiwMHMqoCrBqy-gbR0dkPs& amp; amp; amp;hl=n o#PPA51,M1 – social stories for older kids/teens from the book “Revealing the Hidden Social Code.”  Box 3.1 and 3.3 are about putting away things at school, 3.2 preparing for visiting a newspaper office for workexperience week, 3.4 break time during work experience week,  3.5 answering the teacher’s questions in class.

http://books.google.no/books?id=EKozp4KdQ6QC&pg=PA181&am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p; amp;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;lpg=PA181&dq=%22social+story%22+laugh&source =web&a mp;ots=Ga43SJlDdy&sig=eFH18sQ0rQuJlJPJMdvP9e tQ-Yw&hl =no#PPA181,M1 – sharing toys at school, included in a long excerpt from the book “Asperger Syndrome and the Elementary School Experience”

http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/upload/Theater_SOCIAL_ST ORY.pdf – going to the movie theatre, with photos.

http://www.njcie.net/pdf/tips/social-stories.pdf – lining up, sitting on the carpet (circle time).  No pictures.

http://www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org/media/Social%20Story. pdf – to prepare kids for seeing a specific theatre production

http://www.nhcue.edu.tw/~dse/news/PDF_0425-26.pdf – about talking in 3rd grade (circle time).

http://www.first5sanbernardino.org/news/readarticle.asp?arti cleid=134 – “Fires” and “Fires and Leaving my House”

http://www.ccsd.edu/LittleTor.cfm?subpage=1804 – several social stories from Little Tor Elementary School, including wearing glasses.  See complete list on page 8 of this topic.

http://www.asperger.net/newsletter_dec01keeling.htm – winning and losing games, written with Power Puff Girls instead of in the traditional first-person form.  The social story was supplemented with a power card.

http://www.autismcommunityconnection.com/files/EEG_Test_pdf. pdf – EEG, with photos.

http://neurodevelopmentcenter.com/uploads/pdf/QEEG_social_st ory.pdf – Quantitative EEG, with photos

http://www.autismcommunityconnection.com/files/Blood_Test_pd f.pdf – blood test, with photos.

http://www.linguisystems.com/itemdetail.php?id=383 – click on “more samples” for the following:  staying on topic, biting self, washing hands, lunch choices, electricity goes out.  Click on “2 sample pages” for keeping clothes on, and pushing.  All with simple illustrations.  See more from this company on page 8 of this topic.

http://billandaddie.blogspot.com/search?q=Bedtime+social+sto ry – bedtime

http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/stateschools/PDF/ParentFocus(De c05).pdf – bedtime

http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Social%20Stories/social_s tories.htm – 28 stories from the staff at Flemington-Raritan autism program (see list on page 2 of this topic).

http://www.polyxo.com/socialstories/ – social stories under 8 main categories, by Jason M. Wallin (see list on page 2 of this topic)

http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/autism-social-story. html – 7 social stories, including public restrooms (with photos).  See list on page 2 of this topic.  Also has easy directions about writing social stories.

http://www.pent.ca.gov/socstories.htm – asking a new friend to play, quiet inside voice, setting boundaries for who can kiss you (for teenager), and introducing the concept of “safe strangers” (police, ambulance, etc.)

http://www.adders.org/socialstories.htm#top – Getting dressed, getting ready for school, personal hygiene, playing with friends, keeping my room tidy, nice hands/naughty hands, spiders and balloons.

http://www.thegraycenter.org/socialstorywriting.cfm – from Carol Gray, the creator of Social Stories.  Includes a long one about personal space and private body parts.

http://www.tinsnips.org/Pages/socialskills.html – menstruation and deodorant

http://www.wm.edu/ttac/articles/challenging/what’s_the_story .html – my new teacher story

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=458&a=5497 – waiting my turn to talk

http://www.ourspecialkids.org/socialstoriessample.html – listening to the teacher and asking for help

http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.com/uploads/documents/triad_s ocial_skills1.pdf – staying calm in class (page 35)

http:www.pattan.net/files/Paraed/ParaSummer05/8ASD.ppt – see page two of this topic, since the social story slide is hard to find on this link.

http://www.adders.org/socialstories6.htm – playing with friends

http://etd.lib.ttu.edu/theses/available/etd-10212006-124110/ unrestricted/Brown_Donna_Diss.pdf  – flushing the toilet (Figure 1.6 on p. 183 or 193)

http://www.seo-serrc.org/Spectrum%202003%20Summer.pdf – fire drill (p. 8)

http://www.thetherapyplace.net/newsletter/newsletter.pdf – Thanksgiving

http://glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/familyconsumser/artic le/articles.php?articleId=1623 – anger

http://www.askaspecialist.ca.gov/archives/2006/ADHD/June_200 6.htm – flying

http://www.raisingdeafkids.org/growingup/toddler/tantrums/st ory.pdf – sharing toys and dealing with anger.

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mdenoncourt/Example s.htm – showing affection, hugging, listening to stories.

http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/autismservices/Social_Story/so cial_stories.htm – tipping your chair, looking too long at girls, yelling

http://www.geocities.com/denisev2/social_stories.html – getting angry, how to get help, “I don’t understand”, playing games that make kids mad, “shhh”, taking a bath, talking about my day, using my words, and the street.

http://members.tripod.com/~RSaffran/social.html – At least 20 stories, including bullying, weird habits and repetitive questioning.  Written in list format.

http://www.cdlsusa.com/publications/reachingout/archive/Mana gement_of_Anxiety_and_Aggression.pdf – swimming (Figure 2)

http://www.autism-india.org/apr00.html – when I get angry org/programs_services/education/conference/handouts/04hand ou ts.pdf+%22social+story%22+%22change+in+routine%22&hl =en& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp;ct=clnk&cd=68 – change in routine

http://www.mugsy.org/connor6.htm – lunch time at school rvices.org/Maap_Archive_Articles/SocialChallenges.pdf+chur ch +%22wrote+a+social+story%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd =6  – different bus, what does autism mean

http://www.autism-india.org/dec98.html – church (the story is kind of buried on a long webpage.  Search for the word church to find the story text)

http://www.drspock.com/discussion/message/0,1812,33663,00.ht ml – fear of storms

http://www.coe.ohiou.edu/resources/documents/Eckelberry-F07. pdf – When I am feeling mad, When to kiss, What goes in your mouth.

http://farmington.hmc.ox.ac.uk/documents/new_reports/TT189.p df – table manners

http://www.autism-india.org/apr00.html – being clean, using the toilet, social skills, independent work, greeting, listening, and dealing with anger.

http://www.kent.gov.uk/publications/social-care-and-health/c dr-social-stories.htm – waiting in line, sitting quietly, lining up for lunch, catsitting, playground, and taking a test (GCSE).

http://www.education.gov.ab.ca/k_12/specialneeds/autism/Day2 .doc – eating lunch at school.

http://saskschoolboards.ca/research/students/98-01.htm – taking turns at the computer.

http://aspiesinc.blogspot.com/2006/10/social-stories-mom-has -bad-days.html – Mom has bad days

http://etd.unisa.ac.za/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-09202006- 092804/unrestricted/thesis.pdf – being first, raising your hand, playing together

http://www.olderchildadoption.com/parenting/socialstorysocia lskills.htm – how to have successful conversations ped.org/EC/Archive_Articles/VOL.37NO.4MarApr2005_TEC_Black 37 -4.pdf+%22calming+book%22+%22social+story%22&hl=en&a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;c t=clnk&cd=2 – dealing with anger (personal calming book)

http://www.mark.umd.edu/~mark/I_Like_to_Play.html – the point was apparently alternatives to stimming while outdoors

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/Raising_Hand_Social_Sto ry.pdf;$sessionid$XQKUBUIAAARI5TZENUGZPQWPERWRJPX0

– raising your hand (illustrated)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/Eye_Contact_Facts.pdf;$ sessionid$XQKUBUIAAARI5TZENUGZPQWPERWRJPX0  – eye contact (more an explanation than a social story, has illustrations)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/Interrupting_Facts.pdf; $sessionid$XQKUBUIAAARI5TZENUGZPQWPERWRJPX0  – interrupting (more an explanation than a social story, has illustrations)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/uploads/Quiet_Mouth_SocialSt ory.pdf – quiet mouth (illustrated)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/Homework_Social_Story.p df;$sessionid$XQKUBUIAAARI5TZENUGZPQWPERWRJPX0  – homework (illustrated)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/PottyWordsStory.pdf – no potty words (illustrated)

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=28654&am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;PN=1 – nose picking social stories.

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/MiddleFingerStory.pdf – middle finger (illustrated)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/ChoicesandHaveToDo.pdf – choices vs. have-to-do’s (illustrated)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/generic38.html – behaving respectfully and going to a new school (both illustrated)

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/PDFs/SocialKiss.pdf – save kisses for home (illustrated)

http://educ.ubc.ca/faculty/pmirenda/KUOCH_MI.PDF – sharing, playing games, time to eat (see appendix) du/indiv/b/brocks/Workshops/CASP/ASD%2520Interventions.CAS P% 25202007.pdf+%22social+story%22+memory+game&hl=en&am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;ct =clnk&cd=52 – When other students get upset

http://www.slatersoftware.com/Easter%20Social%20Story.pdf – dying Easter eggs (illustrated)

http://www.autism-india.org/apr01.html – accepting help from other kids.

http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/staffdev/CPSPBS/Shepard/Shep_H allway_Safe.doc – how to act in the school hallway

http://www.angelfire.com/ky/touristinfo/samplesocialstory.ht ml – learning to shop independently

http://www.angelfire.com/ky/touristinfo/socialstorycartrip.h tml – preparing for a road trip

http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Social%20Stories/social_s tories.htm – asking  other kids to play

http://www.kent.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/7D4EB0E8-7416-4845-850C- 8022440D23A6/8132/cdrsocialstories.pdf  – “In the playground” about not hurting others.

http://sam26847.tripod.com/index.html – a very simple hair cut story, two toilet training stories, and playing at school.

http://www.adders.org/socialstories8.htm – nice hands, naughty hands

http://www.geocities.com/denisev2/social_games.html – playing games that make kids mad

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/elopement-tips-when-i-w ant-to-go-outside.aspx – for kids who escape

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/articles/social-skills-probl ems-tips-social-story-on-sharing.aspx  – sharing

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/social-story-on-making- agreements.aspx – making agreements with friends

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/social-story-for-saying -excuse-me.aspx  – saying excuse me

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/social-story-on-listeni ng-to-teacher.aspx – listening to the teacher

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/elopement-tips-when-i-a m-at-the-store.aspx – at the store

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/toilet-training-tips-so cial-story-for-toilet-training.aspx  – toilet training

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/tips/social-story-on-saying- nice-things.aspx – saying nice things

http://www.fraser.org/products/CDs.html – video social story about going to the dentist.

http://dentistry.about.com/od/childrensdentistry/ig/Dentist- Appointment-Photos/index.htm – photo gallery of dentist pictures, with captions rather than social story text.

www.abiq.org/events/2005/04/HandoutsTeacherAidesWorkshop.ppt – 3 social stories, see page 2 of this topic.

http://www.pitt.edu/~nminshew/story_index_return.html – 5 sample stories with pictures, made for older kids participating in research studies.  Includes one about a functional MRI.

http://www.educ.ttu.edu/EDSP/burkhartproject/ModuleThree/Dif ferent_Approaches/Social_Stories.htm  – about teeth brushing

http://www.usd.edu/cd/autism/Autism%20Handbook.pdf – raising your hand vs. the teacher calling on you.

http://www.autismnetwork.org/modules/social/sstory/lecture08 .html – 2 stories, greeting people and showering

http://www.autismnetwork.org/modules/social/sstory/lecture04 .html – 2 stories, sharing toys during playtime at school and staying on topic/limiting talk about special interest

http://www.autismnetwork.org/modules/social/sstory/lecture07 .html – 2 stories, transitioning to a middle school and having a new special ed teacher.

http://www.autismnetwork.org/modules/social/sstory/lecture09 .html – learning to interact appropriately with a specific paraprofessional/aide.

http://books.google.com/books?id=6ysB9NkTSNYC&pg=PA22-IA 2&lpg=PA22-IA2&dq=%22social+story%22+shampoo&s ou rce=web&ots=AaXkKw4aw1&sig=Bd5_47-aK-dV4xKwBCu2h yamJ 5s#PPR11,M1 – a google book preview of Carol Gray’s “The  New Social Story Book – Illustrated Edition” with 25 social stories on view under the categories of Social Skills, People and Pets, and Personal Care.  See list on page 3 of this topic.

http://autism.healingthresholds.com/therapy/social-stories – shoe shopping

http://www.stopthatbehavior.com/pdf/cgt_social_story.pdf – preparing for camp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSznf5We2Jc – a video social story about using the bathroom at school instead of peeing on the playground.  With Tom and Jerry!

http://www.machkovich.com/CorysAutismRecovery/SocialStories/ index.htm – 20 stories.  See the list on page 3.

http://www.jambav.com/modules/makale/makale.php?id=6 – 20 social stories with flash-art of pages turning in a book.  Some have animations on each page, others have pictures, and others are text only.  See instructions and list of story titles on page 3 of this topic.

http://www.users.qwest.net/~tbharris/SocialStories1.htm?user id=Givesmart&userip= %2 f4.0+(compatible%3b+MSIE+7.0%3b+Windows+NT+5.1%3b+.NET+C LR+1 .1.4322) – chewing gum

http://www.aspergerinfo.freeservers.com/socialstoriesindex.h tm?userid=Givesmart&userip= Mo zilla%2f4.0+(compatible%3b+MSIE+7.0%3b+Windows+NT+5.1%3b +.NE T+CLR+1.1.4322) – Our family is a team, Staying calm and safe when I am upset, and I can be a polite guest.

http://www.ceo.woll.catholic.edu.au/home/jdavies/stories.htm ?userid=Givesmart&userip= zi lla%2f4.0+(compatible%3b+MSIE+7.0%3b+Windows+NT+5.1%3b+. NET+ CLR+1.1.4322) – several stories, see list on page 3 of this topic.

http://www.fcps.edu/ss/its/howtos/socstor/socstories.htm – see list of 23 stories on page 4 of this topic.

http://www.tautoko.org.nz/social_stories.htm – see list of 7 stories from New Zealand on page 4 of this topic.

http://www.mhkc.org/Resources/especiallyForCampers.aspx – see the long list of social stories pertaining to summer camp on page 4 of this topic.

http://www.asdatoz.com/Documents/Website-%20USING%20SOCIAL%2 0STORIES%20lthd.pdf – going to K-mart with your aide, study hall.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1853029505/ref=sib_dp_pt/104 -5219620-8195900#reader-link – excerpt from Carol Gray’s book “My Social Stories” on Amazon.  Features a story about using the toilet and another about washing hands.

http://james-autism.blogspot.com/2006/02/red-words-green-wor ds.html – Red words and green words, a simple way of presenting negative and positive behaviors/words and their consequences.

http://www.unc.edu/depts/recreate/crds/autism/four.html – socializing instead of reading the newspaper at breakfast, swimming.

http://www.aspect.org.au/publications/ksummer07/ksummer07.pd f – Getting my hair cut (with illustrations)

http://home.swbell.net/jim-rand/to_throw_or_not_to_throw–hu mor.doc – where, when and what is okay to throw.  Includes some silly examples.

http://home.swbell.net/jim-rand/good_mood–no_computers.html – why do people try to cheer others up.

http://www.connectability.ca/connectability/library/document s/Creating+Social+Stories.pdf – 2 short stories for the transition to kindergarten (Lee Goes to School and Mark Sits in Circle).

http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/8C9635A9- 0372-4715-905F-E8BE49E20322/38264/SocialStories30October2006 .doc – 3 stories, Contributing to a Group, Learning to Stay Calm in Class, and Time to Play Quietly.

http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk/secureFileSystem/temp/SA BBDBAC_DCBCHDBBNLNPJAALJEKDDHHO/Social%20Stories%20-%20Leeds .doc – 20 stories from a school in the UK, see list on page 4 of this topic.

http://www.thepartnership-yh.org.uk/secureFileSystem/temp/SA BBDBAC_DCBCHDBBNLNPJAALJEKDDHHO/Kirklees%20social%20stories. doc – 9 stories from another school in the UK, see list on page 4 of this topic.

http://www.autism-india.org/dec99.html – Getting a hair cut, on the playground, going to bed and taking a bus.


http://seab.envmed.rochester.edu/jaba/articles/2001/jaba-34- 04-0425.pdf – getting friends to look (p. 432)

http://www.faaas.org/doc.php?29,156,491125,faa491125,,,Doc,p age.html – receiving help and various ways of helping classmates

http://www.aisnsw.edu.au/pd/Portals/10/Newsletters/speced.pd f – Using the computer at school (page 6)

http://www.geocities.com/davidroyko/ANewLife.html – starting at a new school

http://www.tigerwires.com/1667708199029/blank/browse.asp?A=3 83&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=50269  – fire drills (1 picture)

http://judyanddavid.com/cha/strategies/socstory.html – fire drill and school bus

http://www.autisminspiration.com/public/dltemp/25AI1171.pdf – fire drill (illustrated)

http://highscope.org/file/EducationalPrograms/EarlyChildhood /AutismResSpr04.pdf – fire drill

http://www.aacintervention.com/tips/firehouse%20stories/FIRE %20HOUSE%20STORIES.pdf – fire drill.  Has simple language and repetition.

www.eiu.edu/~commdis/CDS%20FACULTY%20INFO/Gail%20richard/CDS_5200-webnotes.ppt – fire drill

http://www.princeton.k12.oh.us/schools/stewart/pdf/nld-asper gers.pdf – for a child who’s bothered by bugs (cicadas)

http://www.clubmom.com/display/240542 – grocery store

http://www.oreilly.com/medical/autism/news/social_skills.htm l – James is a good bus rider.

http://www.slatersoftware.com/Halloween%20Social%20Story.pdf – Halloween.  Others at this website are listed on page 4 of this topic.

http://knowledge.education.vic.gov.au/sites/knowledgebank/Sh ared%20Documents/Student%20Learning/Social%20Stories.doc  – manners and where should I go to feel safe at school.

http://www.rowan.edu/library/rowan_theses/RU1999/0261USIN.pd f – Appendix B includes Erich’s book (saying “excuse me” to initiate interaction) and James Learns How to Raise his Hand during Lunch, and Eric Learns to Share.  Appendix A has a sample data sheet for monitoring progress.

http://www.do2learn.com/makeaschedule/helpdocs/sampleSchedul es/notRightToBite.htm – biting (with simple visuals)

http://www.do2learn.com/makeaschedule/helpdocs/index.htm – rollerskating field trip (with simple visuals)

http://www.cdlsusa.org/publications/reachingout/archive/Mana gement_of_Anxiety_and_Aggression.doc  – Daniel goes swimming with Kristin

http://www.autism-help.org/communication-social-stories-auti sm.htm – Not listening, tuning into people, interrupting, personal space, time out, when others didn’t hear/respond to you, asking questions you know the answer to, circle time, leaving an activity, not calling out to get someone’s attention, coming when an adult calls, when I feel I must talk.

http://www.ode.state.or.us/gradelevel/pre_k/eiecse/pdfs/sect ion3.pdf – recess for pre-K

http://www.expresstrain.org/lyrics.pdf – New Teacher Today (sung to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock), about having a substitute teacher

http://www.childcarechoicesofboston.org/resources/social-sto ries.htm – making friends at school (for ca. preschool age)

http://edtech.wku.edu/deans_office/Dr._Tony_Norman/downloads /McDade%20Thesis%20Final%20052007.pdf  – not hitting mom, and greeting people

http://www.autismhelp.info/htm/education/early/social.htm#so cial – Being a Good Sport The Consequences of Hitting and Pushing Using My Quiet Spot

http://aut2bhomeincarolina.blogspot.com/2007/01/social-stori es-about-gfcf-diet.html – 3 stories related to the GFCF diet

http://www.nhcs.k12.nc.us/sped/Autism/HFA%20Website/Power%20 Point%20social%20story].ppt – Power point social story about needing to choose something else when they’ve run out of what we want.

http://www.dsagc.com/documents/Teacher_vol3_issue2.pdf – taking turns in school

http://www.curearchives.com/Advice-needed.t3060-8.html – brushing teeth

http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/theses/available/etd-10282005-174440/ unrestricted/02_ymc_text.pdf – watching tv, reading books, how to play with brother, chewing on objects while thinking

http://www.autism-india.org/afa_helpline.html – sitting in the classroom

http://www.emr.vic.edu.au/Downloads/How%20to%20support%20a%2 0child%20with%20Autism%20Spectrum%20Disorder.doc  – visiting performers (how to behave in the audience at school)

http://www.storymovies.com/storymoviestm/what_is_practice.ht ml – video social story “What is practice?” explaining what this word means and why teachers have students practice skills.

http://www.storymovies.com/storymoviestm/thomas_edison_mista kes_and_.html -video social story about staying calm and being patient and persistent when I’m doing something difficult or make a mistake (uses Thomas Edison as a role model).

http://www.storymovies.com/storymoviestm/looking_and_listeni ng_for_r.html – video social story with various examples of showing consideration of others (they call it respect, and urge kids to look and listen for example of it in their daily lives).

http://www.txsha.org/Convention/pdf/Zimmermann,%20Dottie-Soc ial%20Stories-Major%20Spkr.pdf – “When should I wash my hands?” “What will I do when I go to the grocery store with my mom” and “What can I do when I feel mad” (all with PEC type illustrations)

http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_mastropieri_inclusive_3/0,11890 ,3152173-content,00.utf8.html – simple story about school gym class.

http://www.nea.org/specialed/images/autismpuzzle.pdf – what to expect when the teacher says “okay, class, listen up”

http://www.pluk.org/ITVdocs/02_10_04.pdf –lunch

http://www.geocities.com/denisev2/spd_plan.html – staying in the classroom when you get upset

http://www.connectability.ca/connectability/pages/si_tipshee ts/turn-taking.pdf – taking turns with a toy

http://portal.esc20.net/portal/page/portal/esc20public/Speci alEducation/autism/socialstories  – 5 stories with pictures:   Can I sniff your hair?  I need a tissue.  Why do I have to wear a seatbelt?  I need a break.  Where can I go to scream?

http://www.cheri.com.au/PDF_Files/professionals/Whatisasocia lstory.pdf – 5 social story with simple pictures/icons – crying, playing games, people I can talk to (ie not strangers), working by myself, my friday test.

http://www.djusd.k12.ca.us/pioneer/lburgos/SocialStories.htm – Lots of unillustrated social stories:  families (2 stories), new baby, being nice to pets, making sandwich, answering the phone, how to pick up toys, Halloween, carving a pumpkin, Valentines, teacher, sharing a pencil, making mistakes, listening to stories, the playground, friends, asking someone to play, how to be someone’s friend, respecting other people’s belongings, taking turns, greeting people (2 stories), saying nice things, listening, asking questions, and anger.

http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/kypslp/ServiceLearningPP4-24-03.pdf – social story for a special project involving counting.  Includes task analysis and a datasheet for the teacher to monitor counting, staying on task, and responding appropriately to peers.


http://www.essexonline.gov.uk/vip8/si/esi/content/binaries/d ocuments/Service_Areas/SENaPS/SEN_Protocols/Promoting_Posi ti ve_Behaviour.pdf – 8 stories (the first two have pictures)  – asking questions in class, my school day, sharing toys, sharing, playing fairly, how to ask for help, staying calm in class, listening to the teacher,

http://www.thegraycenter.org/socialstories.cfm – scroll down to see the following sample social stories:  Line Leader, Pretend Examples in School Work, What Happens with Art When it Travels from My Mind to My Project, AOK to Use the Bathroom Any Way (dealing with changing a child’s expectations), Affirmation Story, Expressing/Controlling Anger, Understanding POSSESSION.

http://www.sd46.bc.ca/ASD/Social%20Stories – Carol Gray’s Understanding possession and Pretend Examples in School Work are also posted here.

http://www.teachthefuture.net/uap/domain3.pdf – short story about playing.

http://www.focus-ga.org/newsletter_2005.htm – being a good bus rider.

http://ici2.umn.edu/elink/pdf/asds3_4aR.pdf – following the teacher’s directions.

http://www.tki.org.nz/r/gifted/disabilities/autspec_dis_e.ph p – having a substitute (relief) teacher.

http://www.venturacountyselpa.com/A-Z/HTMLobj-796/Teacher_s_ Toolbox_10.06.pdf – social story templates (stories with space provided to add name and photos) staying calm at school, what to do when someone bothers us, saying hi to friends at school.

http://attainmentcompany.com/pdfs/bookSamples/LSR_Sample.pdf – barber/hair cut (with photos), doors in public buildings (with photos).

http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/JustForKids/ES_esafe.aspx– interactive video about electrical safety.

http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/JustForKids/newbaby1.aspx – interactive audio-video books about expecting a new baby and being a big brother/sister.  Some sections of the book are more like social stories than others.

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/hcs/projects/autism/social_stories .htm – playing together.

http://www.spdsupport.org.uk/socialstories.html – answering questions in class.

http://card.ufl.edu/socialstories.htm – when is it okay to run?

http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/pbs_docs/social_s tory_tips.pdf – running inside.

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1064&a=6832 – going to the supermarket (under the paragraph headed “Preparation”).

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=528&a=3376 – “time for bed” (under the paragraph headed “Explaining sleep”).

http://www.gt-cybersource.org/Record.aspx?NavID=2_0&rid= 11381 – when somebody tells you to “chill”

http://www.johnbald.net/goplay/safety.htm – fire safety and pedestrian safety stories with photographs.

http://www.scboces.k12.co.us/english/IMC/Focus/Circle%20time .ppt – circle time, with photographs.

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/lac_dev/images/temp_static/20 070426142914.SocialStory.doc – field trip to an interactive art museum, with photographs.

http://www.spacepage.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content& task=view&id=4&Itemid=5  – saying hi

http://www.journal.naeyc.org/btj/200509/BriodyBTJ905.pdf – 2 stories for toddler transitions (drop-off at daycare, starting the day at preschool)

http://www.positivelyautism.com/aug07socialstory.ppt – power point social story about what to do when angry or frustrated.

http://groups.msn.com/TheAutismHomePage/general.msnw?action= get_message&mview=1&ID_Message=5775&LastModifi ed =0&ID_Topic= – Catherine Faherty’s social story “Why people laugh when I’m not making a joke”

http://autism.about.com/od/treatmentoptions/l/angry.pdf?nl=1 – dealing with angry feelings while playing with another kid.

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00001235/01/1235.pdf – not pushing in line, raising your hand.

http://home.cc.gatech.edu/autism/uploads/44/hagiwaramyles.pd f – going to the bathroom and washing hands before snack.  By Brenda Myles.

http://www.aisnsw.edu.au/PD/Portals/10/Conferences/Counsel20 06/Social%20stories%20Jane%20Cotter.ppt  – Working by myself, How to borrow (a rubber eraser), People I can talk to (at the store), Playing games, Being organized, My Friday test, When I’m fed up with questions,

http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/The_SPD_Companion -explaining-SPD-to-your-child.html  – explanation of sensory issues.

http://www.thomasamckean.com/gallery/albums/writings/OkayAut ism.pdf – “It’s okay to have autism”, written by an adult with autism.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/asdfourt h.pdf – answering the telephone (p. 184), joining a conversation (p. 187), taking and making mistakes on tests (p. 194-5), my morning routine (p. 196), different kinds of touch (p. 199) 

http://www.education.gov.yk.ca/pdf/fasd_manual_2007.pdf – looking while listening (ca. page 84 or section 10:10)

See also separate list of dental health-related social stories on page 6 of this topic.

Anybody else have some good ones?


There’s a dentist social story on CD-ROM, but you can see a sample of it free here.  It might be helpful to show your child.




I’m about to write two of my own:

Bug goes to the Dentist AND (more importantly?  LOL) Bug gets a haircut…

These will be great to help me write mine…

Bug’s teacher has sent one home for school – to help him with the transition from school to home…  (His teacher is fabulous – I don’t think I can say that enough!  She also sent home visual schedules for me to help in the morning when we’re getting ready!)…

Here are some more social stories.  I’ve edited my above list:

http://www.raisingdeafkids.org/growingup/toddler/tantrums/st ory.pdf – sharing toys and dealing with anger.

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mdenoncourt/Example s.htm – showing affection, hugging, listening to stories.

http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/autismservices/Social_Story/so cial_stories.htm – tipping your chair, looking too long at girls, yelling

http://www.geocities.com/denisev2/social_stories.html – 9 stories, including taking a bath and talking about my day

http://members.tripod.com/~RSaffran/social.html – At least 20 stories, including bullying, weird habits and repetitive questioning.

I updated my list to include the 7 social stories here:

http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/autism-social-story. html

Norway mom, I just love ya!  Thanks to you and all the other contributors!  You people save my bacon, regularly.

Here’s the sample calming book from the above list.  I’m putting it here because it’s hard to copy and paste from the link.  The original article included drawings, photos and/or clip art on each page.

Page 1 – “Hi, My name is […..].  Sometimes I get mad.  When I get mad, I feel tense.  I look like this.  I don’t like to be mad.  So I’m learning how to calm myself.”

Page 2 – “When I feel tense, I calm myself by breathing in deeply. Then I say, ‘In with the glad.’  It feels good when I do this.  I like doing this.  My teachers and friends like it

Page 3 – “The next thing I do is breathe out and say, ‘Out with the mad.’  I push the mad out. This is fun. I like doing this. I do this three times. It makes me feel less tense.”

Page 4 – “Then I count to 10 pizzas. I start with 1-pizza, then 2-pizzas, 3-pizzas, 4-piz-
zas. This is fun. I feel better already.” [clip art of 4 pizzas.  You could use another object that your child gets good feelings from]

Page 5 – “Then 5-pizzas, 6-pizzas, 7-pizzas, 8-pizzas, 9-pizzas.  Wow! I feel good!?”

Page 6 – “10-Pizzas! Yes, I did it!  I feel so good.  I am happy. My teacher is happy. My friends are happy.  I like feeling this way. I like feeling calm.” [photo of holding up 10 fingers]

Page 7 – “I’m glad I learned to stop being mad.  I feel so calm.  I feel happy.  I like taking care of myself.  My teachers and friends like it too.”

Page 8 – “My teacher is very proud of me.  She says I stop being mad very well.  She tells my friends what a good job I do.  I like my new skill.” [photo of child with his teacher.  Could also be the parents who are proud of course]

Source: ped.org/EC/Archive_Articles/VOL.37NO.4MarApr2005_TEC_Black37 -4.pdf+%22calming+book%22+%22social+story%22&hl=en&c t=clnk&cd=2 

Today I happened upon a worksheet to fill out before writing your own social story:

http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Parent%20Training/social% 20stories%20WORKSHEET.htm

And here’s a checklist for social story “quality control”:

http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Parent%20Training/social_ story_checklist.htm

NorwayMom39241.3707523148Thanks for all of these, NorwayMom!

This is a cute way to calm your screaming child that I learned from an OT….

In a corner of room or closet… pile a bunch of pillows, beanbag chair..ect. and order your child to:


http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/SearchResult.aspx?id=63ef8fb 3-8e4e-474b-8f8a-379a492216f5

I’ve visited this website before, but the links didn’t seem to work until today.  I was able to do a search on social stories.  They have 38, and as far as I know they’re all illustrated!  They also have other resources you might want to take a look at.  Anyhow, here’s their current list of social stories:

http://www.setbc.org/setbc/communication/frame_pictureset.ht ml?refpage=/pictureset/SubCategory.aspx?id=50  – Public and Private Behaviors

Resource Bundle TitleDate AddedGroup TypeDescriptionAssembly Routine2005.04.05Social StoriesA social story with illustrations laying out th…Car Safety Booklet2006.12.20Social StoriesThis is an instructional social stoy about pede…Christmas Holidays2006.11.28Social StoriesA social story preparing students for the comin…Circle Time (1 Page)2006.03.06Social StoriesA version of Circle Time social story sized f…Circle Time Social Story2005.11.21Social StoriesRevision of story originally created by Lorrain…Clean Staff Room2005.03.14Social StoriesA step by step visual guide to cleaning the sta…Cleaning The Kitchen2005.04.14Social StoriesA social story to assist a student with his/he…Drama Social Story2005.03.14Social StoriesA social story based on drama class created wit…Foods Journal2005.03.14Social StoriesA Boardmaker journal activity with a food theme…Graduation Story2005.03.11Social StoriesThis story can be used to rehearse what will ha…Having Conversations2005.03.08Social StoriesA social story about how to start a conversatio…How To Join In Play2007.01.22Social StoriesThis social story teaches a strategy for joinin…Learning to Use the Bus2005.03.08Social StoriesA social story that prepares students for ridin…Leaving Toys at the Day Program2006.03.07Social StoriesA social story created in Boardmaker which talk…LunchTime at School2005.03.10Social StoriesA lunchtime social story using the Carol Gray f…Making and Giving Cards2005.03.14Social StoriesSocial story on making greeting cards based on …Making Mistakes2005.11.18Social StoriesUse this social story ( 6 pages with large imag…Moving in the Classroom2005.03.09Social StoriesA social story for moving appropriately from on…Music Class Taking Turns2006.03.03Social StoriesReview this social story with students who have…My Book About Boys and Girls2006.12.20Social StoriesSocial story created by Linda Calliou. Do you w…Off to the Mall[Powerpoint]2006.03.03Social StoriesThis powerpoint social story is used to rehears…On The Bus2005.03.09Social StoriesA social story about appropriate behaviour whi…Pain Indicator2005.04.12Social StoriesVisuals to assist students in communicating ab…PE Class2005.03.14Social StoriesA social story written in Writing With Symbols …Personal Space (caya)2006.03.07Social StoriesA social story created in Boardmaker tals about…Potty Story2007.01.08Social StoriesThis is a social story to introduce the potty t…Riverside Transition Book/Quiz2005.03.11Social StoriesAn example of a transition book to the secondar…Sharing Social Story2005.03.09Social StoriesA social story about appropriate ways to share …StoryTime Behaviour2005.03.10Social StoriesA visual script for appropriate behaviour when …Summer Vacation2005.04.14Social StoriesA social story to prepare students for the summ…Summer Vacation Story2005.04.14Social StoriesA social story to prepare students for the summ…Swear Words2006.10.18Social StoriesA social story about using swear words in certa…Swimming Book2005.11.01Social StoriesA social story created in Powerpoint which talk…Walk Calmly in School2006.03.03Social StoriesRules to follow when walking in the school.Walking in the Halls2005.04.14Social StoriesAonther sample of a social story about appropri…Walking in the Hallways2005.04.05Social StoriesA social story about appropriate walking in sch…When others Don’t Want To Play With Me2005.11.17Social StoriesUse this social story ( 8 pages with large ima…Working in the School Store2005.04.14Social Stories

A social story about working in the school stor…



Here are 3 social stories from a handout written for teacher’s aide training:

When someone changes their mind

Sometimes a person says, “ I changed my mind” (descriptive)

This means they had one idea, but now they have a new idea. (perspective)

I will try to stay calm when someone changes their mind. (directive)

I can think of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly (control)

Lunch room 

My school has many rooms (descriptive).  One room is called the lunch room (descriptive).  Usually the children eat lunch in the lunch room (descriptive).  The children hear the lunch bell (perspective).  The children know the lunch bell tells them to line up at the door (perspective).  We have a line to be fair to those who have waited there longest (descriptive).  As each person arrives they join the end of the line (directive).  When I arrive I will try to join the end of the line (directive).  The children are hungry.  They want to eat (perspective).  I will try to stand quietly in the lunch line until it is my turn to buy my lunch (directive).  Lunch lines and turtles are both very slow (control).  Sometimes they stop, sometimes they go (control).  My teacher will be pleased that I have waited quietly (control).

When other children help me.

Sometimes children help me. They do this to be friendly. Yesterday, I missed three math problems. Amy put her arm around me and said, “ It’s okay, Juanita.” She was trying to help me feel better. On my first day at school, Billy showed me my desk. That was helpful. Children have helped me in other ways. Here is my list:




I will try to say “thank you” ! When children help me.

Source:  www.abiq.org/events/2005/04/HandoutsTeacherAidesWorkshop.ppt

Here’s Flemington-Raritan’s list of social stories:

Bathroom Story

Tying Shoes Story

Basketball Story

Soccer Story

Feeding Self Story

Brushing Teeth Story

Calendars Story

Clean Hands Story

Saying Excuse Me Story

Recess Story

When Wind Blows Story

When Other Children Get Upset Story

My Teacher Talks to Others Story

Mainstream Story

Saying Hi Story

Getting Dressed Story

When I Feel Angry Story

Game caster 

Who’s the Boss?  

What Is Lying?  

The Rule Police  

Sharing With Mom & Dad  

Asking Other Kids to Play  

Kidding Around

Tone of Voice

What is a Wake?

Drawing My Thoughts

Bus Evacuation Drill 

Here’s a list of the social stories available at http://www.polyxo.com/socialstories/.  This website is included on my list on page 1 of this topic, but there were too many social stories to list them all there.

At school:

Around town:



Being polite:


Figures of speech:



Major events:



Sports and games:

Here is a list of social stories on  http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/autism-social-story. html.  The website is listed on page 1 of this topic, but there were too many stories to list them all there:

Social Story to School and to Home was written for our young loved one with autism to help teach him safety rules and what to expect before, during and after his bus ride to school.

How To Greet Someone At School is an autism social story written by a family member to help our young loved one learn to respond verbally to greetings with ‘hello’ and ‘good-bye’, as well as how to acknowledge his teachers, therapists and classmates in a non-verbal way.

I Am Going To Sleep Away Camp is written by a family member for our loved one to help him address some specific concerns and overcome any fear and anxiety he had over going to camp for the very first time.

A Field Trip To Splash Down is an autism social story written for our young family member to help him learn what to expect during a day camp trip, as well as positive statements on how to behave, and coping strategies to use during the trip.

Mommy Is Taking A Trip To Massachussetts is written for our loved one with autism prior to leaving to attend the Son-Rise Program. This autism social story explains where and why mother is going away during a school week, how he may be feeling, how to behave, who will take care of him and when she is expected to return home.

Using Public Restrooms (Photos added) is an autism social story written for an older, verbal child. The goal of this story is for our loved one to overcome any anxiety or fear due to the noise of ceiling and hand-dryer fans, and eventually go inside to use a public restroom whenever necessary.

Being A Responsible Person is an example for an older, verbal child functioning at a higher cognition level. The goal of the story is to get the student to try to do what she is asked, control her feelings, and ask for help if needed.

Today I added a lunchtime at school social story sample to my above list.


Here’s a video social story on going to the movies:


I searched around but couldn’t find a social story about sleepovers that suited our needs so ended up writing one myself

Sleepover – Social Story: http://wp.me/pewUa-S1

Included at the link is also a picture list so my girls could pack their own bags for going away.

Here are ca. 75 stories — including some social stories — made with Boardmaker.  The example I looked at was about fire drills.

http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/Departments/Litera cy/AdaptedBooks/default.htm

Here’s help on planning a social story about starting school.


This website has simple games that sort of work as social stories.

– “Eric goes to the airport” focuses on waiting in line.

– “Ron gets dressed” focuses on dressing for the weather and not wearing yesterday’s dirty clothes.

– “Rufus goes to school” focuses on change — different vehicles, different people driving him to school, different activities.

The games are pretty slow-paced, which is perfect for some kids but not for others.


This website has two new visual stories.

Naughty boy, showing better alternatives to naughty behaviors is available both as a free download and to play online.

Naughty boy with electronics shows better alternatives to naughty behavior with computers/electronics and is only available as a free download.

I haven’t looked at the stories myself, so I can’t say how good they are, but we use the dentist visuals on their website whenever we go to the dentist.


These aren’t exactly social stories, but they’re visual tools that can be used for familiarization and conversation, and kids only need to be able to click the spacebar to page through the images themselves.  I’ve used the dentist slideshow many times, and it works great.  Be patient, though, it takes awhile to load.  Sorry the links aren’t clickable, you’ll have to copy and paste

http://www.hiyah.net/online_holidays.htm – Holidays, including 4th of July and birthdays.

http://www.hiyah.net/online_going.htm – Going places, including to the dentist, doctor, restaurant, movies, hairdresser, etc.

More slideshows are added every month or so.  The website also has some educational stuff, but I haven’t looked much at those.

NorwayMom39955.438912037Bumping this to keep it in the current view.

I recently bought a book called “Surviving fights with your brothers and sisters“, which is basically a 100 page long illustrated social story.

The main points in the story can be worthwhile to consider when writing your own personlized story.

Chapter One is about why kids fight.
– siblings may be thinking “I wish my parents loved me more than they love the other kids in the family”
– a sibling may wish he was better and more talented than the other kids in the family.
– siblings may not be treating each other with respect
– one sibling may sometimes be treated differently than another by the parents.
– siblings may be teasing each other
– siblings may be embarrassed by each other
– siblings may be abusing each other’s things
– siblings may be spending too much time together.

Chapter Two is about what happens when siblings fight
– hurting each other’s body
– hurting each other’s feelings
– hurting each other’s things

Chapter Three is about how to handle fights
1)  Think before you fight (basically, why are we fighting, see chapter one, and
how can we address that).
2)  Talk about it (ask questions, listen, tell your thoughts and feelings, say you
don’t want to fight).
3)  walk or run away (back off)
4)  go get help (if the sibling comes after you when you back off).

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Brothers-Sisters-Childrens-S ibling/dp/B001IVLJM8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1248788798&a mp;sr=8-3

Today I gathered up social stories related to elopement/wandering/running off.  Here they are:

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/community/tips_asking-when-i -want-to-go-outside.aspx

http://www.geocities.com/denisev2/spd_plan.html – running when upset in the classroom

http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/being-a-responsible- person.html – for older kids “being a responsible person” (ie not running away and leaving the group when you don’t want to do something).

http://www.linguisystems.com/sample2/6-0295-6.pdf – Simple, illustrated social story written for primary school kids with special needs.  The social story on running off (darting) is the last one in the document.

Any other social stories I find on elopement will not be added here, but to the elopement resources collection at this link:

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=24582&am p;PN=1&TPN=1

As far as I know, I’ve only seen the restroom social story from this list before.







Source:  http://www.ecasd.k12.wi.us/departments/studentservices/speci aleducation/teacher_resources/social_stories/printabletextin book.html

Social stories written with text plus “writing with symbols 2000”

Source:  http://www.ecasd.k12.wi.us/departments/studentservices/speci aleducation/teacher_resources/social_stories/printablewws200 0.html




Text-only social stories from Eau Claire:





Source:  http://www.ecasd.k12.wi.us/departments/studentservices/speci aleducation/teacher_resources/social_stories/textonlysocials tories.html

Giant smooch upside the head, NorwayMom!  You’re a genius at these searches and incredibly generous with your gifts.

Thank you!

I’ve scanned these excellent lists of social stories, but didn’t see any about keeping one’s clothes on in public.

When Will Farrell strips down in the movies, its hilarious.  When your kid insists on taking off his shirt and stripping down to his underpants between the school bus and the front porch, then its a problem. He kept on whining to take off his shirt and pants during speech today, and constantly wants to wander around the house and yard in just a pullup or underpants.

Am going to buy some extra gentle laundry soap and dryer sheets today in case its the soap.

Any links, y’all?  I can build one from scratch in PowerPoint if needed. Thanks!!!

Today I gathered up some social stories related to the phone:

http://www.autismican.com/images/PhoneBK.pdf – EXCELLENT teaching booklet for phone skills, including a social story, project, list of rules, info for teachers/parents.

http://www.djusd.k12.ca.us/pioneer/lburgos/SocialStories.htm – text-only social story about answering the telephone.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/asdfourt h.pdf – illustrated social story about answering the telephone (page 76 in the online document, marked page 184 in the printed document).

http://books.google.com/books?id=6ysB9NkTSNYC&pg=PR11&am p;am p;am p;am p;dq=%22social+story%22+shampoo&sig=gtt1Eak4AWmXIzFFDnEZ KXSzqE8#PPP1,M1 – google preview of Carol Gray’s book.  A phone answering social story is in chapter 1.

http://www.butterflyeffects.com/community/tips_social-story- for-saying-excuse-me.aspx – social story for saying excuse me when interrupting someone who’s talking on the phone to somebody else.

Also, here’s a link to link collection with social articles for teens, various topics:

http://www.ecasd.k12.wi.us/departments/studentservices/speci aleducation/teacher_resources/social_stories/social_articles _for_teens.doc

Here are some video social stories.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzkTTfZMnnE – staying calm when my schedule changes

http://www.youtube.com/user/opfsn#p/u/3/67wchz5pfLI – saying goodbye to a friend

http://www.youtube.com/user/opfsn#p/u/4/OHzPND3biL8 – saying hi to a friend

I’m not sure if I’ve posted this one before.  It’s about asking questions:

http://www.fcps.edu/ss/its/howtos/socstor/Asking_questions.p df



Rules for answering the door.  Look for other videos in this series.

Answering the phone.  Search for “Child Manners” for related videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKiG57_ghwo&feature=relat ed




JT —

I’m glad you’ve found these resources helpful.  I’m afraid that I’m really swamped right now (I’m president of our regional autism society, a volunteer position that should actually be somebody’s full-time job).  But I remember we had a discussion about forced gagging a couple years ago, when I was more active on the forum.  Here it is.  If you don’t find anything helpful there, try to send a private message to the people who posted and have direct experience with the problem.

http://www.autism-pdd.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33775&am p;PN=0&TPN=1

I was at a seminar about mental health and autism this past fall, and the main point was not to label people with autism as “difficult” — they are people who are having difficulties, largely because people who work with them aren’t accommodating their needs.

Your daughter is communicating her difficulties in a rather unconventional way, by gagging herself.  Is the school listening to the communication, and adjusting the demands on her IN ADVANCE so she doesn’t wind up in situations she needs to get out of?  Are they helping her find more acceptable ways of communicating her difficulties?

My eldest son developed school refusal behavior, and it took awhile for us to discover that it was because of dysgraphia (like dyslexia, but involving writing).  The school was, without realizing it, placing demands on him that were overwhelming.  It took time and help from various professionals, but now he loves school and has no need to escape its demands.  If you’re in the US, you can ask the school for a functional behavior analysis.

Good luck with everything.

Christmas social story with PECS- illustrations

http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/resources/christmas_holidays /christmas_holidays.pdf

If you have a teen or adult who needs info on mental health challenges and medications, this site has helpful information.  The booklets (powerpoint files) have been tested for use by people with learning disabilities and their caregivers.

Examples include:

Challenging behaviors
etc etc

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/problems/learningd isabilities.aspx

Hello- I’m looking for a  social story on keeping eyes to myself.  Having some issues at school with looking up girls’ skirts!I don’t know of a social story on appropriate gaze.  I’d probably try to start with teaching about private parts.  This coloring sheet is helpful, and defines private parts as the parts we cover with our bathing suits.  Looking closely at these parts is not allowed, nor is touching them or talking about them (obviously with some exceptions).

http://www.drpbody.com/images/personalsafety_coloring_page.p df

Social story:  “I can be a super friend”

http://www.ccdh.org/vendorimages/ccdh2008/Sample%20Social%20 Story%20-%20I%20Can%20be%20%20a%20Super%20Friend.ppt

Here is a link to a number of social stories in Word format.  http://www.isea.k12.il.us/social%20story%20templates.htm

They are updated and added to regularly, topics include:

It’s Okay to Feel Mad, but Feeling Happy is Better
When I Want Something
Taking Turns All the Time
Walking in Line
Walking Slowly
Playground Safety
It is Important to Finish My Work
Baby is Coming Home
My New Brother
Using My School Voice
Going Back to School
Going to a New School (ESY)
Summer Vacation
Winter Break
Riding the Bus
Going to the Dentist
Loose Tooth
When I See Someone I Know
All About Hugging
When My Teacher is Somewhere Else
Getting a Haircut
Going to the Grocery Store

Norway Mom…..I have used many of the social stories that you have posted. Thank you so much for providing those to so many in need.

I’m hoping you can help with the problem I am having. I have a child that makes herself throw up when she is upset, when she wants to get out doing something, or when she wants to go home from school. Do you have any social stories or resources that can help with this?

Thank you so much for any help you can offer! 


Fact sheet about power cards, with a sample about good sportsmanship while playing games.

http://autismspectrum.illinoisstate.edu/resources/factsheets /powercard.shtml


Online books with audio about everyday life and going places, for example about washing hands.  Can be used as social stories:

http://www.mightybookjr.com/Catalog_Special_Ed.php#everyday_ books

The site also has games and puzzles and story books.  Browse around.

Carol Gray, the creator of Social Stories, recommends that some Social Stories are written simply to recognize the accomplishments or positive characteristics of a child. Positively Autism provides a sample, focusing on the way the child helpfully opens doors for others.

http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-free-downl oad-social-story-praising.html

I highly recommend subscribing to Positively Autism’s newsletter.  It’s free.


A fill-in-the-blank social story – great idea!

http://drzachryspedsottips.blogspot.com/2011/11/interactive- social-story.html

Social stories about staying in your house/apartment (to keep the child from wandering off).


An animated video about hidden rules against picking your nose.


View Positively Autism’s Social Stories (TM) here: http://www.positivelyautism.com/free/09social.html

Weekly Reader Books published a series of illustrated books called Ready Set Grow.  I’ve gotten a hold of two of them used, and they’re pretty good for teaching about different life situations.

I just read “Handling your ups and down” (1979) with my kids.  Their main points can be inspiration for your own social story, if you can’t or don’t want to get a hold of the book,

They divide feelings into two types:

1)  feeling up/”comfortable feelings” like love, acceptance, security,pride, confidence and happiness.

2)  feeling down/”uncomfortable feelings” like anger, guilt, jealousy, grief, loneliness, rejection, humiliation, frustration, anxiety, fear, disappointment and defeat.

For each of the uncomfortable feelings, they explain the emotion and give an illustrated example,  Then they summarize what you should try not to do (bad strategies), what you should try to do (good strategies), and related feelings that are normal and understandable in that kind of situation.  They also ask questions about when/whether the reader has experienced that emotion and how they handled it.  See example in next post.

They give four general steps for handling your downs:

1.  Find out what you are feeling.  Ask yourself, “What emotion am I feeling?”

2.  Learn what is causing your feeling.  Ask yourself, “Why do I feel the way I do?”

3.  Decide what you should do.  Ask yourself, “What should I do about the way I feel?”

4.  Do what you decided to do.

Here’s the concluding text:

Comfortable feelings can help you have fun and enjoy life.  Uncomfortable feelings can:

– make you want to do the things that need to be done,

– make you want to grow and change for the better, and

– help you appreciate your comfortable feelings

It is normal and healthy to feel both comfortable and uncomfortable feelings.  That’s why… every person, no matter who he or she is, has ups and downs.

Text from “Handling your ups and downs” by Joy Wilt (1979)

Anger is feeling mad.  Anger is an emotion that makes people feel uncomfortable.  But sometimes… anger makes a person do what needs to be done (illustrated example, a big sister gets mad because someone took her brother’s lollipop, and she asserts herself and takes it back).

Hurting other people or not taking care of their things is not a good way to handle anger.  (illustrated example of a boy who hits a girl for borrowing his airplane without asking).

Telling someone that you are angry, explaining why you are angry, and trying to do something about what is making you angry are good things to do when you are mad (“I’m mad at you because you took my airplane without asking me.  I want it back now.”).


Have you ever felt angry?

List some things that make you angry.

When as the last time you were angry.

What did you do?  How did you handle your anger?


Getting angry is OK.  But when you are angry, try not to hurt other people or mistreat other people’s things.

It is best if you:

– tell someone you are angry,

– explain why you are angry, and

– try to do something about what is making you angry.

Also, it is ok to cry, scream, yell, jump up and down, or hit or kick things that cannot be damaged (like pillows, punching bags or beds), as long as you do not bother anyone else while you are doing it.  This might mean that you will need to go outside or into another room and close the door while you are angry.



“Personal power” illustrated social story.  It basically explains our ability to take action or use willpower in various situations.

http://www.kidpower.org/store/media/kp-comics-older-sample.p df

More related visuals here:

http://www.kidpower.org/pdfs/ps/kidpower-ten-safety-powers.p df



A social story about climbing at an indoor climbing center.  I used it as a basis for my own social story in Norwegian: