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Ch 1: Special Education Social Stories

About This Chapter

Let us help you integrate social stories into your special ed curriculum with the helpful lessons in this chapter. By reviewing the lessons provided here, you'll learn about how to use social stories to teach essential concepts to your students in an understandable way.

Special Education Social Stories - Chapter Summary

Our valuable chapter introduces you to social stories on a variety of different topics that you can use to help you communicate and teach your special education students. These lessons cover social issues such as friendship and sharing, school issues like going to the library and tougher concepts like hitting and stealing. All of our professionally designed learning tools are available to you 24 hours a day on your mobile phone or tablet, giving you flexibility to work around your busy teaching schedule.

How It Helps

  • Provides lessons targeted for special needs students: With lessons devoted to students with Asperger's, autism, physical disabilities and students in speech therapy, the needs of all your students can be met with these social stories.
  • Discusses sensitive subjects: Our lessons can help you sensitively address challenging and sensitive topics with your students, such as lying, stranger danger, anger and death.
  • Improves classroom behavior: With specific lessons tailored to common classroom behaviors, you can use social stories to help your students with issues such as running out of the classroom, getting attention inappropriately and keeping clothes on.

Skills Covered

This chapter provides you with social stories on a variety of subjects that you can use in your classroom and with your students, including:

  • Stories about hygiene, menstruation, eating healthy and other personal care topics
  • Stories for students with autism, Asperger's, in speech therapy and with physical disabilities
  • Stories about social issues like friendship, sharing, greetings and personal space
  • Stories covering emotional topics like anger, social anxiety and staying calm
  • Stories about improper behaviors, inlcuding spitting, lying, biting and noise making
  • Stories about school events, going to the library, the cafeteria and riding the bus
  • Stories about life events, such as going to the doctor or going to a restaurant

31 Lessons in Chapter 1: Special Education Social Stories
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Social Stories for Teens

1. Social Stories for Teens

Social stories are an effective strategy to help students learn a new skill. Teachers can help prepare their students for difficult social situations by writing stories that demonstrate the correct way to handle a scenario.

Social Stories for Students with Autism

2. Social Stories for Students with Autism

Do you have students with autism spectrum disorder or others who need to develop social skills? This lesson will discuss how to create and individualize social stories to use with these students.

Social Stories for Privacy

3. Social Stories for Privacy

Students often have trouble understanding concepts like privacy. Using social stories can help. In this lesson, you'll find some examples of social stories about privacy.

Social Stories for Students with Asperger's

4. Social Stories for Students with Asperger's

Some of our students need special instruction to learn social skills. This lesson will give you a few ideas on how to use social stories with students with Asperger's to help them cope with social situations.

Social Stories Activities

5. Social Stories Activities

Social stories have recently gained in popularity. Once used primarily for special education students, social stories now can be used to meet a wide variety of needs. This lesson will discuss how to use and create social stories.

Social Stories for Inappropriate Touching

6. Social Stories for Inappropriate Touching

In this lesson, we'll be looking at some examples of social stories on inappropriate touching. They include social stories about students touching themselves as well as touching other people.

Social Stories About Death

7. Social Stories About Death

Teachers can use social stories as tools for teaching a wide variety of topics. In this lesson, you'll find some social stories dealing with the topic of death.

Social Stories for Separation Anxiety

8. Social Stories for Separation Anxiety

Separating from loved ones can be especially stressful for students who have special needs. The social stories in this lesson will prepare your students to deal with separation anxiety.

Birthday Social Stories

9. Birthday Social Stories

Birthdays can be wonderful and exciting times, but they can also come with their share of stress. These social stories will help your students communicate about and understand birthdays.

Social Stories for Adults with Physical Disabilities

10. Social Stories for Adults with Physical Disabilities

Students with social and cognitive disabilities may not know how to respond when they see an adult with a physical disability, especially if the adult is using adaptive equipment. In this lesson, you'll find social stories about interacting with adults with physical disabilities.

Using Social Stories in Speech Therapy

11. Using Social Stories in Speech Therapy

If you are a speech therapist who works with students on the autism spectrum, you might be interested in working with social stories. This lesson discusses some of the strategies involved in using social stories in speech therapy.

Social Stories for Transitions in Life

12. Social Stories for Transitions in Life

Transitions are hard for everyone, especially for students with cognitive or social disabilities. In this lesson, you will find social stories that address the topic of life transitions.

How to Use Social Stories for Autism Therapy

13. How to Use Social Stories for Autism Therapy

Are you considering incorporating social stories into your classroom? This lesson will help you create social stories for students with autism spectrum disorder. The lesson includes examples and strategies for personalizing each story.

Weather Social Stories

14. Weather Social Stories

Learning about the weather and its implications for social behavior can be really important for students' safety and well-being. This lesson offers social stories that teach students about weather.

Special Olympics Social Stories

15. Special Olympics Social Stories

Social stories can be useful tools when preparing students for events that are not a part of their everyday routines. The social stories in this lesson address the Special Olympics.

Social Stories on Unexpected Changes

16. Social Stories on Unexpected Changes

In this lesson we'll be learning how to use social stories to help students deal with unexpected changes. We'll talk about common unexpected changes that occur at school.

Social Stories on Being Flexible

17. Social Stories on Being Flexible

Social stories are excellent resources for teaching students with social and cognitive disabilities about a variety of social challenges. In this lesson, you will find social stories about being flexible.

Thanksgiving Social Stories for Students with Autism

18. Thanksgiving Social Stories for Students with Autism

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.

Social Stories on Bullying

19. Social Stories on Bullying

Bullying is a serious issue in schools. Some teachers use social stories to teach students about bullying. Here are some sample social stories on bullying that you can use or adapt for your class.

Social Stories for Kids in Conflict

20. Social Stories for Kids in Conflict

Conflict is a normal part of development and relationships, but it is not always easy for kids to handle. This lesson offers social stories oriented toward helping students manage common types of conflict.

Social Stories for Kids with ADHD

21. Social Stories for Kids with ADHD

In this lesson, you'll learn how to apply social stories to help students with ADHD. By the end of the lesson you'll not only understand what social stories are, but have several examples to share with your students.

Social Stories for Hitting Animals

22. Social Stories for Hitting Animals

Though seeing children hit animals can be a very disturbing experience for adults, it is often a sign that the child is experiencing stress or duress. This lesson offers social stories to help children stop themselves from hitting animals.

Social Stories for Time Out

23. Social Stories for Time Out

Dealing with discipline issues can be challenging for teachers of students with special needs. The social stories in this lesson help you explain time-out to your students in ways that make sense from a child's point of view.

Social Stories for Being Nice to Pets

24. Social Stories for Being Nice to Pets

It is so important for students to learn to treat animals properly and take good care of them. This lesson offers social stories that will help your students understand why and how to be nice to pets.

Social Stories for Pet Death

25. Social Stories for Pet Death

Children are often very attached to animals and grieve tremendously when they die. This lesson offers social stories that help students with special needs make sense of the death of a beloved pet.

Social Stories for Divorce

26. Social Stories for Divorce

Divorce can be really hard for students to think about and make sense of. This lesson provides you with some social stories that help you talk about divorce with students in different contexts.

Social Stories for Wearing Glasses

27. Social Stories for Wearing Glasses

Wearing glasses can sometimes be annoying, inconvenient, or embarrassing, especially to a child. Some students may benefit from reading a social story about why it's important for them to wear their glasses.

Social Stories for Having a Sibling with Autism

28. Social Stories for Having a Sibling with Autism

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 to Use Social Stories in the Classroom

29. How to Use Social Stories in the Classroom

Social stories can really help many students learn more about appropriate ways to handle challenging situations. This lesson gives you some ideas for how you can use social stories in your classroom.

Social Stories on a New Baby in the Family

30. Social Stories on a New Baby in the Family

When a student gets a new sibling, all sorts of different feelings and questions can abound. This lesson helps your students think through these experiences using social stories.

Social Stories on Grief & Death

31. Social Stories on Grief & Death

While there is no right way to deal with grief and death, there are things you can do to support your students with special needs when they are struggling with these issues. This lesson offers some social stories oriented around the mourning process.

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