Sample social stories | Autism PDD


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: BBDBAC_DCBCHDBBNLNPJAALJEKDDHHO/Social%20Stories%20-%20Leeds .doc

or d=62 (just lick 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

Source: BDTBAA_NJPCPKFBBHLAEPDPMFAIGOAK/Kirklees%20social%20stories. doc

or (and do a search on Kirklees Social Stories -- the second hit listed is the right one).


ďRules in SchoolĒ 

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 kidsí learning.

I know that I can obey the rules.

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


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. .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, isnít it? ml


But itís also a dangerous place.

Just ask Remy. e_be_pixars_fir.html


Linguini needs Remyís help to cook in a safe way.

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

Thatís 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.

Thatís 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 canít use the microwave, because he canít read.

But I can! ml


Only food and our regular plates go in the microwave,

never forks or other things made of metal. 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 Iím cooking Ė talk about a safety mistake!  I watch and listen to the food while I wait. ml


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

then I know that the food exploded with heat. 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. .jpg


And hereís one last safety trap Ė 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


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

Cosí Iím sat here at the window
And do you know what I can see?

Very angry weather
But its not angry at me.

So I donít 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: 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: 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 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?" by-Shaggy.jpg

"Ready to learn the rules?"  "Rou ret!" 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 _bone.jpg

If a dog has a snack,
don't come close
Just step back. /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?"
"Ronsters?" 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! .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?" ersonalities/PC9482_SCOOBY%20DOO!%20-%20DAPHNE%20(SCOOBY%20S NACK)

"Of course, Daphne.  Rule number one is to get permission." px-Daphne_fred_wnsd.jpg

To pat a dog or pup, first ask a grown-up. no008.jpg

Dogs sniff to understand,
so show them your hand.

Pat their chin, shoulders or chest.
That's safest and best! .jpg

But keep your cute face, out of their space!

A dog's not a toy.  Never tease or annoy. 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. ff-a-lympics.jpg

Adapted from: 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. 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. =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. .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). 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. 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. =16316&cat=304&page=2



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

Dentist: - sample video from My Healthy Smile Appointment-Photos/index.htm - photo gallery of dentist pictures, with captions rather than social story text. - 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): - kid-friendly video showing how to brush and floss. ferent_Approaches/Social_Stories.htm ushing_my_teeth.htm - with PECS symbols.

Here I've consolidated all the bus-related social stories listed elsewhere on this topic: pdf - a different bus (ca. page 56) - bus - school bus l - James is a good bus rider. - being a good bus rider.

Learning to Use the Bus

On The Bus 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. - 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. 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: task=category&sectionid=42&id=127&Itemid=192& ;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: - bedtime c05).pdf - bedtime - going to bed - "time for bed" (under the paragraph headed "Explaining sleep"). 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.


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: (scroll down to the story called "New Teacher Today")

Take care,


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Here are all the hair cut stories gathered in one place: - simple story f - Getting my hair cut (with illustrations) - Getting a hair cut - barber/hair cut (with photos) - 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. - 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

Middle piece 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: 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.