Social Narratives are an evidence based intervention that describe a social situation using a story base. We have created audio Social Narratives that contain 3 rules to assist the child to learn what is socially expected of them in certain scenarios. The narratives are meant to be listened to with a parent at first and then as an independent antecedent tool, that is before the social scenario the narrative is intended for. Then during the social scenario the adult can use the 3 rules as a reminder or prompt if needed.
By using a Social Narrative you are reducing stress for the child by providing and expectations and guidelines for expected behavior. Sometimes, just the unknowing of what is going to happen and what to do can raise unwanted behaviors. The Social Narratives also reduce the stress for the parent and help maintain a positive relationship with the parent and the child by giving them the three rules as teaching tools. The Social Narrative rules replace the stressed phrases that are often repeated with no response from the child such as; “I said no”, “stop it!”, or even threatening to take away a favorite toy or activity and knowing that you will probably not follow through. Using the three rules in Social Narratives will now give the parents phrases that their child has become familiar with.
Social Narratives are meant to be used often and you don’t have to wait for the social scenario to be planned. Use them to increase language and create discussions.