Thanksgiving Social Stories for Students with Autism

Instructor: Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

In this lesson, you'll be learning how to teach your students on the autism spectrum about Thanksgiving through social stories. After reviewing what social stories are, we'll focus on examples to share with your students.

What Are Social Stories?

For students on the autism spectrum, social situations can be very hard. Too many people, too much noise or changes in routine can be especially upsetting. Thanksgiving is a time that includes all of these situations.

Social stories are one way to help students understand what to expect and how to cope. Social stories are short, first-person narratives that describe situations that may be difficult for students on the autism spectrum. Social stories include short, clear sentences describing the situation and people's feelings, and may include pictures to help students visualize proper and improper behavior.

Examples of Thanksgiving Social Stories

These examples explore some of the common traditions students might experience at Thanksgiving. Talking with your students and their families will give you more insight into situations that specifically apply to your student. You can target specific behaviors unique to your student and customize the social stories written here to make them more helpful for your particular student.

What Is Thanksgiving?

Here are two examples that introduce the holiday.

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to share food and celebrate what I am thankful for. Thanksgiving happens on the fourth Thursday in November every year.

Thanksgiving started when Pilgrims from England came to America. They shared a meal with the Indians living in America.

Today, people share a meal with people they love too, like family. Seeing my family is fun and my family likes to see me. We share dinner together at Thanksgiving and everyone brings something to eat. It's fun to share dinner with my family.

Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Thanksgiving is a holiday. We don't have school on Thanksgiving so I can be home with my family.

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