Social Stories

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A quick “cheat sheet” forĀ Social Story construction

A Social Story has four sentence types:

  • descriptive: the setting and what people normally do
  • directive: to give appropriate response
  • perspective: reactions of others
  • control: written by the individual to remember the context

Carol Gray recommends one directive sentence for every two or three of the other sentence types.

Always and I will are word choices to avoid since they are inflexible.

Use pictures, icons, include a mini-schedule and a clock if needed.

Read several times before the event.


Author: Tammy

Tammy is a Director of Special Education, Autism Specialist, Behavior Specialist and parent. She is dedicated to helping families by sharing her expertise as it applies to everyday challenges. Read her full bio here.

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