The Social Story: Going to the Dentist
Dr. Jen has recently had a customized Social Story developed for her practice!
What is a Social Story?
A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts and were introduced and described by Gray and Garand (1993).
According to Gray (2010) ‘a Social Story describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience.’
Although they are a very common intervention option for children, there remains a call for more research into the effectiveness of social stories (Reynhout & Carter, 2009).
This is because authors who have reviewed the evidence base have generally come to the same conclusions, that there remains a lack of clear evidence attesting to the specific factors leading to the success or failure of social story interventions (Reynhout & Carter, 2006; Kokina & Kern, 2010).
Children with Autism can benefit from using a social story to create confidence and alleviate fear in new situations. However, this story can be helpful to all children!
You can find our Social Story Link under ‘Communication Techniques’ on our website.
Please call us for more information!