What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Social Stories is a basic tool for creating stories to help kids understand and navigate social situations. The app has tools for creating stories with multiple pages, each one of which can have a picture with a text and/or an audio caption. The audio is digitized by the creator, and you can add images from the included stock pictures or your own photo library, or you can take pictures directly with the camera. There are no instructions, but the interface is easy to use once you figure it out.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- collecting data
- personal growth
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
The combination of pictures, text, and audio, in addition to consistency and predictability, will engage most kids.
Kids can learn how to navigate social situations before they happen and can transfer what they've learned in the app to their real lives.
There is very little support in Social Stories, but the app is fairly easy to figure out.
What's it about?
Story makers put pictures, text, and audio on pages to create a story. Pictures can be stock or original, and audio is recorded right on the device. The goal is for the story to make a positive impact on current or future behavior.
Is it any good?
SOCIAL STORIES is a quick and simple way to create social stories for kids on the autism spectrum and for any others who might benefit from structured, predictable, story-based behavior reinforcement. As a tool, it's very basic, and the real value kids get out of it will depend heavily on what the adult puts into it. With the right planning and effort, Social Stories can be a good tool for helping kids understand and appropriately handle social situations.
Families can talk about...
Parents often play the key role in creating social stories. You can improve your ability to do this with the Social Stories app by becoming very familiar and comfortable with it.
Help make the experience engaging for your kid by developing a library of meaningful photos.
Work collaboratively with your kid to develop stories when appropriate.