Social skills stories provide individuals who have Autism with accurate information regarding situations they encounter. For some people with Autism, this type of written information appears to have a positive impact on their responses to social situations. They can also be used for individuals with intellectual disability for a variety of situations with positive outcomes.
Tautoko Services has produced two resources titled 'Kiwi Social Skills' version 1 and 2. These stories cover a variety of topics and issues. Some are written for small children, some for teenagers and others for adults. Various formats have been used, based on what works for each individual. Some are long stories with complex explanations. Some are simple stories with one or two main points and some are stories with a combination of visual images and written information.
Below are two social stories about anger and getting a haircut. More specific stories can be found under the 'Tools' section of this website.
Examples of Stories
Sometimes I get angry.
Everyone gets angry at one time or another.
Sometimes I feel like throwing something.
I try not to throw things when I’m angry. Instead I try to breathe in deeply and then let my breath out. This helps me to feel better.
When I feel angry I count to ten. This helps me feel better too when I am angry.
I know that throwing things is dangerous. Something might get broken or someone might get hurt.
Jane can get her haircut safely
No one has ever been to the hairdressers and had their head cut off.
When people got to the hairdresser, they get their hair washed, after the hairdresser has put a cape on them to stop their clothes getting wet.
Then the hairdresser will ask them to sit in another chair and begin to cut their hair with scissors.
The hairdresser will talk to me while she is cutting my hair, and I can look at my reflection in the mirror while she is cutting my hair.
Lots of people I know get their hair cut, like Clare. She goes every month to the hairdresser and gets her hair cut safely. Her head is always safe and still on her neck. It has never been cut off.
When my haircut is over I look lovely.
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