Workflow for Creating a Social Story

Workflow for Creating a Social Story

Step 1 - Observe the Student to identify behavior you would like to influence.

Step 2 - Craft a social story script that models the behavior you would like to see.

  • Sample Script:
  • John likes the red sliding board on the big playground.
  • Jennifer likes the red sliding board too.
  • Mark walked to the top of the slide and sitting on his bottom. He is going to slide down.
  • Ms. Gonzales and John are sitting at the top of the yellow sliding board. John slid all the way to the bottom, very slowly.
  • Jennifer slid down quickly!
  • John is walking up the steps to get on a sliding board.
  • These friends like to hang from the green bars. These friends say sliding down the blue sliding board is fun! All 3 friends slid down.
  • "Recess is over! Time to Go!"
  • John is going to line up with his friends.

Step 3 - Capture images that illustrate your script.

You can imagine the photos/images that go with each paragraph or line above. Each illustrates the line featuring a student's actions, whether by him/herself or with others. A piece of advice that describes these social stories:
  • As much as possible include actual photos of the child in the social story. I have found its much more effective and intriguing to the child to read a social story that has pictures of their family, home, school, and own face inside of it.(Source: I Love ABA!

Step 4 - Use an iPad app to develop the story.

  • For iPad users, there are immediate applications. One of the applications being used is the versatile 30 Hands(free). You can blend 30 Hands creation into a video using iMovie or, my favorite, Pinnacle Studio** ($13.00) on the iPad.

Other Apps that Work:

Step 5 - Publish and/or Share the story as an iBook, keeping student confidentiality in mind.