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My Social Stories Book [Kindle Edition]

Carol Gray , Sean McAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Over the last decade, Carol Gray's Social Stories approach has become established as a highly effective way of teaching social and life skills to children on the autism spectrum. Taking the form of short narratives, the Stories in My Social Stories Book take children step by step through basic activities such as brushing your teeth, taking a bath and getting used to new clothes. It also helps children to understand different experiences such as going to school, shopping and visiting the doctor. These stories are written for preschoolers aged from two to six, and the book is a useful primer for all young children - but most especially those on the autism spectrum.

My Social Stories Book contains over 150 Stories, and is illustrated throughout with line drawings by Sean McAndrew, which form a visual counterpart to the text. A helpful introduction explains to parents and carers how to get the most out of the book.

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While intended mainly for autistic children, the clear, patient explanations of basic skills and situations could well be of use to any young child... The jolly black and white line drawings help bring reassurance to life skills and to situations children find themselves. In. "A Note to Parents and Professionals" gives the background for the stories and advice as to how they should be used. -- Healthy Books My Social Stories Book is a practical guide to the use of social stories with young children. Social stories are well established as a great way to teach children with autism new skills using pictures and step-by-step explanations. The book is filled with examples of social stories covering almost every situation you could think of aimed at 2-6 Year olds, includes many day to day situations that children with autism often find confusing or frustrating. This book is value for money for those families or workers wishing to try social stories and needing ideas to get started. Families could dip into it to prepare children for new experiences and/or to help teach new skills. -- Communication My Social Stories Book offers a rich bank of material for adults who wish to support young children with ASD make sense of their environment and function more effectively in it, and may hopefully become a tool in rigorous empirical research into the effectiveness of social stories. -- Debate Over the last ten years, Carol Gray's wonderful concept of the Social Story has stood the test of time... Each family with a child who has autism needs to make room on the book self for this one -- Book Reviews

About the Author

Carol Gray has extensive experience of working with children with autistic spectrum disorders. She teaches at Jenison Public School in Michigan, USA, is the editor of The Morning News, a newsletter on autistic spectrum disorders, and lectures internationally.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Social Stories Book 7 Feb. 2005
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My son is 6 years old with high functioning autism. I found this book extremely helpful. He struggles with all issues around personal hygiene and general domestic stuff like eating at the table etc. I typed up the stories relevant to him and used the great pictures to create his own social story book. I changed some of the wording to be less american but apart from that I found the stories easy for him to understand and they've proved to be revolutionary. He is now having his toenails cut and his hair without fuss and actually asks to read the story whilst this is being done. As a parent I cannot praise this book enough - I wish I'd bought it 2 years ago!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Informative but not very readable 12 Aug. 2008
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Social stories are an invaluable tool for explaining social situations, rules and conventions to an ASD child. However, this book does not do the subject justice. In my opinion this book does not explain the concept of social stories clearly, nor does it make it clear how a story may be written and tailored to the needs of an individual child. This book may of course be aimed at childcare professionals but as a parent I found the following book much more helpful and most importantly useable: Writing and Developing Social Stories: Practical Interventions In Autism by Caroline Smith (also available on Amazon).
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A geat idea, shame the book isn't better 14 Nov. 2003
Social stories are a great strategy for teaching children on the autistic spectrum about what to do in situations they find difficult. I use them with families a lot and they work well. The only problem is that the book has only a few pages on how to write a good social story, and the rest of the book is 100 example stories written by American Psychology students. Some are okay, but most you would want to customise anyway. I'd have much preferred more on how to write the stories and why they work, and a few strong examples. As it is the books feels like a great idea, but a lot of filler.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real break through 29 Jan. 2009
I was told about social stories but unless you have been shown one and had it explained then you really dont understand how to do one. I found this book to be a real help as my daughter has the speech of a 2 year old and finds it very frustrating when she cant communicate properly. This book has been a blessing in disguise as both my son and daughter are on the autistic spectrum so it means I can use the social stories for them both, they need adapting to suit the situation but I found that it is a good teaching aid for parents, the children usually like doing their own one to show me that they understand what has been said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 30 Aug. 2011
I bought this book to read with my rising five grandson. I really couldnt see the value of it. He is very aware of washing and toilets and baths etc but just won't use any of these facilities. to read in this book that it is an 'intelligent' thing to do is a concept completely beyond him. As mentioned before, perhaps the book is for professionals who can tailor things to the individual child concerned. I would like to see a DVD made, where favourite characters (like Georgie Pig, or Lightning McQueen) take baths and go to the toilet. I think this would have much more influence and effect on my grandson, who loves to copy speech and behaviour from TV characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money 15 Oct. 2009
By Kay
Social stories are a brilliant idea - but they need to be personalised for the child -
I was hard pushed to find one I could use.
Save your money and go on the NAS website, read the guidelines and create your own
social stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with. 8 Mar. 2014
By Joanna
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I have used this book at school with a boy I work with and it has helped him make sense of the world around him. Lots of my colleagues who also work with children with special educational needs have also used it and said it has really helped them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 5 Dec. 2009
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I bought this book on recommendation when my child was first diagnosed as having aspergers. He enjoyed looking through it with my. It has given me useful pointers in helping him understand certain situations. It is very simplistic possibly too much so for my situation. I would recommend as a useful tool for helping you help your child deal with difficult situations
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