My Social Stories Book
144 pages, 7 x 10
b&w line illustrations throughout
Release Date:01 Jan 2001

My Social Stories Book

Illustrated by Sean McAndrew; Edited by Abbie Leigh White and Carol Gray
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Over the last decade, Carol Gray's Social Stories approach has become established as a highly effective way of teaching social and life skills to children on the autism spectrum. Taking the form of short narratives, the Stories in My Social Stories Book take children step by step through basic activities such as brushing your teeth, taking a bath and getting used to new clothes. It also helps children to understand different experiences such as going to school, shopping and visiting the doctor. These stories are written for preschoolers aged from two to six, and the book is a useful primer for all young children - but most especially those on the autism spectrum.

My Social Stories Book contains over 150 Stories, and is illustrated throughout with line drawings by Sean McAndrew, which form a visual counterpart to the text. A helpful introduction explains to parents and carers how to get the most out of the book.

Carol Gray has extensive experience of working with children with autistic spectrum disorders. She teaches at Jenison Public School in Michigan, USA, is the editor of The Morning News, a newsletter on autistic spectrum disorders, and lectures internationally.
Acknowledgements. A Note to Parents and Professionals. 1. Taking Care of Me. What do I do when I need to use the toilet? Where are the toilets? How do I help others find the toilet in my home? Where are other toilets? Time to wash my hands. Why do I wash my hands? When do people wash their hands? How do children learn to wash their hands? Time to brush my teeth. When do people brush their teeth? How do children learn to brush their teeth? Time to take medicine. Why is medicine special? Why do adults give me medicine? When do adults give me medicine? What is liquid medicine? What is a medicine spoon? How do adults give me medicine? Time to blow my nose. What does “blowing my nose” mean? What does “wiping my nose” mean? What do I use to blow or wipe my nose? How do I use a tissue? Why do children need new clothes? Why do I have new clothes? Where do I find new clothes? How does it feel to wear new clothes? When do I wear new clothes? Choosing clothes to ear outside. What do people where when it gets cold outside? What do people wear when it gets warn outside? What is a coat? What is a mitten? Why do people wear boots? Time for a nap. Why do I take naps? When is naptime? What do adults do when I am taking a nap? How to children learn to take naps? Time for a haircut. When do I get my hair cut? What is a hairstylist? Where does a hairstylist work? How can I help the hairstylist? What steps do I follow to get my haircut? Time to clip my fingernails. Who clips my fingernails? Is having my fingernails clipped safe? Time to clip my toenails. Who clips my toenails? Is having my toenails clipped safe? Time for a bath. When do I take a bath? Why do I leave my clothes outside the bathtub? How do I get into the bathtub? How do adults help me take a bath? Time to wash my hair. What is shampoo? When does my hair get washed? How do children learn to wash their hair? What does it mean when people say, “Time to go to bed”? When is bedtime? Where do I sleep? When do people go to bed? What is a dream? How do I go to bed? 2. Home. What are unexpected noises? What is a telephone? What is a doorbell? How do doors make noises? Why do dogs bark? What happens when people drop things? What is a vacuum cleaner? Why do cars have horns? What is thunder? Who knows about time? Who knows what time it is? What is a watch? What does “hurry up” mean? What does it mean to be on time? What does it mean to “be late”? Who is coming to play? When will we play? What can i say when my friend arrives? What will we do today?
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