Social Stories

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Simple story creator can help kids with social situations.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn through whatever social stories are presented, and they can take a role in creating stories as well. Social stories are custom created to fit the needs of the child, and this app provides a quick and easy way to do that. Kids identified with Asperger's or as being on the autism spectrum can learn though these social stories, as can their peers. The intended learning is usually some form of social behavior that can be modeled through the use of social stories. Social Stories is a basic tool that, with the right input from an adult, can help kids understand social situations.

Ease of Play

There are no instructions, and the app requires a bit of trial and error to figure out. Although it's not completely intuitive, once that's done the interface is quite simple and easy to use.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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