Social Story Intervention – Making ABA Therapy Fun and Effective

A great resource to use to help children with autism are Social Stories in story-based intervention sessions. Story-based interventions involves a written description of the situations under which specific behaviors are expected to occur. The stories seek to teach the ‘who, what, when, where and why’ of social interactions to improve perspective taking. The most well-known of these interventions is Carol Gray’s “Social Stories.”

Social Stories was developed by Carol Gray, and describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues. It explains what is happening and why it is occurring. It is primarily used for social behaviors and routines you want to increase and those situation that are new and anxiety-provoking. Stories are always personal, positive and short. Within an ABA program, Social Stories are used to help with transitions, school routines, dentist trips, hair-cut trips and any other social behavior you want increased.

Social narratives and story‐based interventions are visually represented stories or scripts that describe social situations and socially appropriate responses or behaviors. These strategies are designed to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) acquire and use appropriate social skills. Social skills include communication, problem‐solving, decision‐making, self‐management, and peer relationship abilities that allow one to initiate and maintain positive social relationships. This training will present an overview of multiple story‐based intervention strategies that have been developed to address social skill deficits of individuals with ASD; such as, social narratives, cartooning or comic strip conversations, power cards, social autopsies, and interactive social settings.