Social stories are simple stories that are very useful tools to help explain social situations in advance to children, and to teach them to respond in a socially appropriate manner. This helps them be better prepared to face various situation in the real world and reduces their anxieties and frustrations when they actually encounter the situation.
Turn-taking and sharing objects with other children while playing in a group
Waiting in a queue at a billing counter
Waiting in a queue to board a bus or train
Explaining a lockdown situation
Shifting your house
Preparing for a train or flight journey
Social stories were originally created in 1991 by Carol Gray, a teacher for children with autism. They are essentially visual descriptions of a situation, event, concept, or activity. They can be useful for people of all ages having social and communication challenges. The visual representation makes it easier to understand and the audio helps in reinforcing concepts by through repeated listening.
Example of a social story:
Social story on Avaz, created by parent, Smrithy Rajesh, to help prepare her son, Advaith for an upcoming train journey.