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Transition Social Stories for Students with Autism

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Keywords: video making, book making, Special Needs, AUTISM
Subject(s): Special Needs, Service Learning, Autism, Spelling, Home Economics, Social Skills, Video, Health and PE, Photography, Information Skills, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Belvedere Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Planned By: Melissa Innocenzi
Original Author: Melissa Innocenzi, Los Angeles
Many of my students have a hard time with the changes they are experiencing in middle school. They are visual learners and concrete thinkers. Therefore, in order to assist my students in these transitions, I will have them do the following:

Explain the purpose of the activity. Show the students a social story that does not include realistic images. Then have each student individually (with an assistant) go through the various transitions that the student faces on a daily basis (passing periods, fire drills, bathroom, etc). The assistant and the student will photograph the student actually going through the transition. This will be done with every student and will include the things we do in the community such as grocery shopping or riding the bus.

Once the pictures have been taken, the students will download the pictures onto the computer. Each picture will be given a caption.

The pictures will be printed, and then placed in order.

The student will then create a cover and a backing for a book. The students will place each transition with the pictures in order, seperated by tabs into a small book that can be kept at their desk and reviewed on a daily basis.

These books will help the students transition and eventually establish independence from their assistants and their teachers. SOme of the activities will be edited together to create a video. The video will help reinforce the transition skills that are being taught.

As the students begin to learn the transition skills to automaticity, then the books and videos will be faded out.

Real images and videos and technology are SO helpful for my students. They are visual learners. As a teacher at a high risk school; our access to appropriate equipment is limited. This is very frustrating as I am very passionate about my students.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This will aide the students in their English Language arts and Health classes
At the end of each year, the images of the students will then be used to create a personalized yearbook for each student.
Materials: Authoring and Publishing, Writing, Reading, Memory Cards, Printers, Yearbook, Slideshow, Integrating Technology, Autism
Other Items: 10 printer ink, $50.00 each, total of $500.00