We learn social rules, guidelines, etiquette, laws and even taboos from childhood through adulthood. We are taught these rules by parents, teachers, peers and others in various ways, in order to shape the way we interact with others. Over time we learn to intuitively access these rules in any particular situation to successfully engage with others.
“Many of our social rules make no sense to individuals with ASD and our behaviors in certain situations may seem perplexing or sometimes frightening to them. In addition, we work out our social problems quickly and intuitively while individuals with ASD do this through logic and deduction, which involves a different part of the brain.” – Sharyn Kerr – PhD
Social Stories were developed by Carol Gray as a school teacher in the early 1990’s. Here is her definition of a Social Story: “Social Stories are a social learning tool that supports safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals and people with autism of all ages. The people who develop Social Stories are referred to as Authors, and they work on behalf of a child, adolescent, or adult with autism, the autism, the Audience.” – Carol Gray
Social Stories are a wonderful way of relaying a message to all children! Swanky Brain Social Story Books give children with Autism, ADHD & other neurodevelopmental disorders a new perspective on a behavior, action or event. Our books help change behavior patterns and reinforce social skills. We believe our language resonates with readers, who find the books engaging. With repeated reading, the message sustains over time…
In our Social Stories Book series, we encapsulate events; situations with words and vivid illustrations, while infusing behavior strategies. This is a concrete way to shape perspective, bolster appropriate behavior, reinforce social skills, planning and organizing. Throughout the years, I have found that using Social Stories independently or as a part of a behavior plan; has been tremendously impactful and effective for my children! Additionally, I believe that Social Stories make a profound difference as repeated reading increases comprehension and allows for sustainability of a changed or new behavior or habit.