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Social Stories

Social stories are a type of prompt or script used to help individuals on the autism spectrum understand and behave appropriately in certain situations.

Social stories and other social scripts are based on the idea that some people on the autism spectrum have difficulty understanding and/or behaving appropriately in certain situations, such as meeting other people for the first time.  

Social stories provide descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and, sometimes, what to do in that situation.

Some social stories are written on single sheets of paper, others are written in booklets and some are recorded onto tape or video. The author of the story may read it to the individual with autism, record it so that it can be played back as required, or the individual may read it for himself.

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