Why were social stories derived?
The main purpose why social stories came into being was to provide help and sustenance to children and adults suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
They are short stories based on certain events or incidents, and they assist and guide people with the possible solutions and explanations that can be applied there.
These stories help enhance the collective skills of autistic people. As brought forth by Gray and Garand in the year of 1993, these social stories can be inscribed on paper or presented in the form of pictures. Whatever way it is in, they each define a set of various competencies, circumstances, actions, and public associations and connections.
Social Stories can be executed very easily and they are of interest to a number of consultants because they utilize resources to their minimum.
A social story will be effective only if its meaning gets across to the people in the exact same manner as it is supposed to.
Not many researches and experiments have regulated the need of social stories, which is why its usefulness still remains a question to many (Reynhout & Carter, 2009).
The Gray Center
A well-known institute called The Gray Center has a done a great deal of work in providing the autistic people with collective education and an insight with how to act.
They have enriched the lives of many distressed autistic individuals with the help of seminars, consultations, group therapies, forums, and workshops.
We must realize that people who are suffering from autism spectrum syndrome aren’t the only victims; their families are bearing an equal fraction of their child’s pain.
Why are they important?
Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders often plunge into feelings of helplessness and isolation, because they can sense the differences between others and themselves.
This can be threatening for their overall functioning, because this outlook can seriously crush them from inside.
This is where social stories can be of great help.
These stories offer autistic people with a positive outlook towards life, by providing instances in a number of situations.
Since they are a bit different from normal people and are unaware of how things work or go along, social stories provide autistic people with all those things they are deprived of.
Taking care, grooming, personal hygiene, politeness and kindness are some of the lessons associated with social stories.
A great way to boost self-esteem
Social stories are also a perfect way to boost the self-esteem of such people.
By motivating them to pursue things and praising them once they are able to do it can upsurge their morale and self-esteem to quite an extent.
Before writing social stories, we need to identify the situations from their point of views; this way we can educate autistic people with manners of responding to different situations, as they are unaware of how to behave. This sort of learning helps them overcome the resistance to take initiatives.
The main aim is to extract the best out of people with autism by exploring their inner strengths, and developing social stories in the most imaginative ways. There cannot be a better way to boost your autistic child’s esteem than to rejoice their achievements.
Social Stories provides to means to unlock those.