Playing in the Playground: Social Story
This 3 page Social Story (TM) discusses some of the common causes of frustrations and arguments in the playground.
It reassures your child that it is OK for them to play a different game to their friends, and that it does not impact upon their friendship. It also provides some options for things they can do if they feel worried or anxious in the playground.
It uses Picture Communication Symbols (by Dynavox Mayer-Johnson, used with permission), which are the symbols used in the Boardmaker software and are most commonly used in schools etc. This means your child is likely to already be familiar with them, which can greatly aid understanding of the key messages in the story.
What are Social Stories?
The National Autistic Society describes Social Stories (TM) as:
“Social stories (TM) were created by Carol Gray in 1991. They are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.
Social stories present information in a literal, ‘concrete’ way, which may improve a person’s understanding of a previously difficult or ambiguous situation or activity.
The presentation and content can be adapted to meet different people’s needs.”
These Social Stories (TM) have been carefully written to describe specific situations, and although they are not completely personalised to your child’s own needs, they are nonetheless extremely useful to have in your ‘autism toolbox’ to help your child to cope with everyday situations that they might otherwise find difficult.
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