Social Stories for Picture Day

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Some students become nervous and act out when they're put into situations for which they're unprepared. This lesson will provide example social stories that may be helpful in teaching your students what to expect and how they should behave for Picture Day at school.

Social Stories

Social stories are a technique used to help students understand and visualize what to expect in a new situation. Usually, these stories are written by a teacher with specific students in mind. Students who typically benefit from these stories are those with disabilities, those with anxiety about an event, or young children who are experiencing new things all the time. Sometimes teachers write one story for a specific student.

If you have a student with autism who throws tantrums when they are surrounded by a lot of people, you may prepare them for lunch in the cafeteria with a social story. Other times, you may write a story to read to your entire class. This might be appropriate, for example, in a kindergarten class where everyone is experiencing things, such as assemblies or fire drills, for the first time. These stories could be written about anything from making a new friend to fire drills or field trips. This lesson will focus on ideas for social stories about 'Picture Day'.

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