The change in schedule that Summer vacation brings can be a trying time for children with autism that don’t adjust well to an upset in routines, who don’t always want to try new things, and who might not understand some of the holiday events that happen in these months. In cases like these, preparing your child and continuing to reinforce the changes are often aided by the reading of a Social Story.
A Social Story is an individualized short story that describes social relevant cues in any given situation. It often breaks down a challenging social situation into understandable steps by omitting irrelevant information. They are highly descriptive so they can help an individual in the autism spectrum understand the entirety of a situation. It includes answers to questions such as who, what, when, where, and why in social situations through the use of visuals and written text.
Social Stories are also used to teach particular social skill like identifying important cues in a given situation, taking someone elses point of view into consideration, understanding rules, routines, situations, upcoming events, and understanding expectations in certain situations.
Here are some great resources for helping your child ease into Summer vacation with the following stories: