Social Stories ™ are specifically written stories that follow a prescribed format that are used to explain social situations to children with autism. They help children learn socially appropriate behaviours and responses. They are developed as a way for children to learn how they should behave in social settings by explicitly pointing out details about the setting and what typically happens in that setting (eg sitting and listening at story time at kindergarten, or standing in line to wait to go to the toilet). These details help children pick up on cues they often overlook. Social Stories™ aim to increase social understanding by answering the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘how’, and ‘why’ questions.

These stories are a strategy used to support and enhance other interventions or therapies and are rarely used in isolation. Therapists and educators often incorporate social stories/methods into their interventions.

Number of participation hours required

Under 20 20+
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Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
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Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
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Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Uses real life scenarios to assist in developing socially acceptable responses. May be less effective in children with poor comprehension skills.