Social Stories for Having a Sibling with Autism

Instructor: Lori Sturdivant

Lori has a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership/Mild Moderate and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for The University of Southern Mississippi's Autism Project.

Are you looking for a fun way to teach your students about their siblings with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? This lesson provides social stories for living with someone with ASD.

How Can You Help?

A parent has reached out to you. She is frustrated and tired because her son with autism doesn't play well with his sisters, one of whom is in your class. She does not know how to help him or her daughters. How can you help this parent? You can write a social story.

What Are Social Stories?

Social stories are stories that are generally used for students with deficits in social skills, behavior skills, adaptive skills, etc. Social stories help increase desired behaviors and decrease problem behaviors by describing through narratives different situations as well as how the student can respond in each situation.

Social stories work because they present different scenarios in a structured, direct way so that the child can understand a situation without having to 'read between the lines'. Social stories are usually written from the child's perspective. Most stories include very simple pictures to make the story more engaging and relevant.

Examples of Social Stories

The following story is very detailed and is designed for a learner who has a cognitive level from first through third grade.

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