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Keywords: Social Stories
Subject(s): Social Skills, Autism, Special Needs
Grades 9 through 12
School: Maui High School, Kahului, HI
Planned By: Sharon Kearney
Original Author: Sharon Kearney, Kahului
Social stories with familiar characters have a strong reinforcing capacity to shape appropriate behavior in students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Students would take turns modeling correct social behaviors in various settings, such as holding the classroom door for others to enter, raising their hand to answer a question, standing quietly in the cafeteria line, showing correct ID to enter the school library, waiting for the bus to come to a complete stop before moving toward it on community outings.

Photographs would be uploaded to the computer. Students would then write the text for the social story, using software supports such as word prediction and symbol/text writing. Story pages would be transferred into Power Point Slides.

Completed stories would be shown as a whole class presentation on the Smart Board. The stories would also be printed and bound for individual student reteaching as needed throughout the year.
Comments
It is difficult to find clip art and other ready made illustrations that match my students' Pacific Islander cultural diversity.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Photographing the students in any sequential activity and downloading the photos into the slide format creates an instant book for a variety of purposes including personal schedules, and pre-employment skills.
Follow-Up
The bound stories would be used as fluency practice for some students. For others, the stories would be a source of environmental vocabulary words.
Links: Carol Gray and Social Stories
Materials: Whiteboards, Digital SLR, Short Throw Projectors, Pen Readers, Camera Bags, Tripods, Cables, Writing