You’re Going Camping – A Social Story
I LOVE social stories and I use them frequently in my special education classroom. All children can benefit from the use of social stories to help make new experiences/places less scary and events more meaningful. I use social stories before each of our community outings to help increase independence with the specific goals that my students are working on. We’ve used social stories before going to restaurants to practice appropriate table manners before generalizing them into the community. We’ve also used social stories to promote street and parking lot safety. I’ve used dentist social stories that I found on YouTube before taking my son on his first dentist trip so that he knew what to expect. Social stories are an extremely powerful tool, but they can be very challenging to find for specific situations. My family and I recently went on a camping trip and had a wonderful time. When we came home I thought about how students on the autism spectrum could benefit from a camping social story. I looked for a camping social story on Pinterest, but I was unable to locate one. I decided to create a camping social story with actual pictures from our camping trip. I like to use real pictures so that children can visualize what the experience will look like before it occurs. I really enjoyed creating this social story because I was able to include my family in the pictures! if you’re interested in using this social story in your home or classroom click the link below. The social story also comes with a vocabulary page with pictures, a word to picture match activity, a 1:1 correspondence activity and a writing prompt to help promote generalization. I hope to create additional social stories in the near future. At the conclusion of our extended school year program my class is going to the local ice cream shop! I’ll share a social story and corresponding activities from that experience soon! Once again, thank you for joining me on my journey!
Preview Page from Camping Social Story: