Improves self-confidence:student becomes “expert” in this area
Helps reduce anxiety: more relaxed and fewer meltdowns
Intrinsic engagement: instrisic motivation and engagement
Increased social engagement: when SIA is included into treatment plans
Executive functioning:improved focus on SIA
My Special Interest Social Social Story
Although there are many benefits to SIAs, sometimes kids need to take a break from them to focus on something else. The social story teaches how to re-focus then go back to the SIA when done learning something new.
I created a social story to help kids with autism understand their special interest area.
Here is a sneak peak at the story:
The first part of the story defines and shares the benefits of a SIA:
The book asks the reader what they like. The story then goes on to discuss the need to sometimes “pause” the SIA to learn something new.
A free first-then schedule is included in this social story! You can laminate or use a plastic page protector and use a wet erase marker to write on it.
Schools are closed due to the virus and kids are all learning at home. School is being delivered remotely and some kids are having a hard time adapting to this change.
Benefit of Social Narratives:
Social Narratives aka Social Stories are widely used supports for students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. All kids can benefit from this simple and easy to use evidence based practice!
“The goal of a social story is to improve social understanding” (Gray & Garland, 1993)
Gray, C. (2010). The New Social Story Book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
I have school at my house now
My first grader did not understand why he was all of a sudden having school at his house. I made a social story to help him. Hopefully this story will help others understand how to complete school work at home and that they are not alone!
Due to the virus, the public schools and our workplaces have closed for the time being. My son and I worked together to create a social story (aka social narrative) to teach him about what “work” looks like for mom. He didn’t realize that me looking at my phone or using my computer could be “work.” Now after reading this social story, I tell him “mommy has a work call” and he remembers some of the things he can do while I am on the phone.
This 13 page social story helped us so much that I want to share it with other families.
My son helped me come up with this title! “My parents work at home now.” I tried to make it general (not mom or dad specific…) so it can apply to any home.
I am so fortunate that I get to work from home! I completely understand that many people in other industries are not as lucky to be able to work remotely.
Forced home school schedule:
As a licensed teacher, it is in my wheelhouse to provide this type of instruction for my child! Working on top of home schooling, can add another layer of stress so routine, at this point is key to survival.
Routine is KEY!
Now, for an undetermined amount of time parents are in the position of also being our children’s home school teacher. Overall, having a schedule will be the best approach to managing a home-school day and also having some time to complete remote work.
I don’t want my son to be in front of a screen for 6 hours a day so I created a schedule that has blocks of time where he can be on an an online learning platform and times when he is screen-free.
Every day is different and remote work demands will change daily. I have laminated my schedule and for those who do not have a laminator, you can use a page protector. Use a wet eraser (not dry erase marker) to modify the base schedule daily. Here is a video on how I can modify the schedule daily! https://youtu.be/F50bwnoFmYM
Morning Schedule: Sneak peak of my son’s schedule
Stay strong parents and happy (forced) homeschooling!
My Foundations of autism class created another FREE resource for our teacher colleagues…
With the collaboration of my Fall 2019 SPED 561 Foundations of Autism class, we created this FREE resource for teachers. We want to promote inclusion and provide 20 current and helpful tips for including students in the mainstream class. These tips are support suggestions that have worked for us for students with autism spectrum disorder.