Jack’s Social Story

Yesterday I talked about Jacks trip to the Hospital, to have blood samples taken. This was to check for Chromosome Micro Deletion 15q11.2, which is what Lily has. He is also having a wider array of genetic tests done. This is to also check for other things like Fragile X syndrome, and to see if there’s any reasons for him being so tall for his age range. I mentioned Jack’s social story that he used to help him cope with the experience.

I wanted to share with everyone the social story we used, and how we used it. We don’t use PECS continuously with Jack for everything while at home. However we do when we take Jack out, especially to a new place. There are many different styles of PECS and social stories. Natalie put this one together using Twinkl. Natalie has membership for this website, which allows us access to thousands of resources, such as PECS and a wide variety of educational tools from early years to adulthood, including a fully kitted out section for us parents. There’s also free downloads for those without membership. This is the story we used.

Using the social story

For people who have been around autistic children, this will probably be a familiar sight. If you haven’t then what this is used for is, to explain to Jack what he is going to be doing. Just telling Jack what he is doing isn’t enough. He fails to fully understand what you are saying. He also needs constant reassurance through the whole process.

This is where the pictures are really useful with Jack. We have all the pictures separate and I keep hold of them. I give Jack the first picture and he keeps hold of it. Then as we get ready for the next stage I swap his picture for the next one. This means he has the picture of what he is supposed to be doing. Which he keeps in his hand as a reminder, and he can keep looking at if he feels like he needs to. He also had both of us talking to him, which he also requires.

Yesterday this worked extremely well for Jack. He stayed fairly relaxed for Jack, and coped so well. As with everything autism related. The same things don’t work for everyone, as the spectrum is so wide and varied. But this is something I would definitely always recommend people try, if they haven’t before. Have you used social stories? If you have I’d love to hear about how you found them. Please leave a comment about your experiences with them, positive or negative. Thanks.

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

13 thoughts on “Jack’s Social Story

  • February 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm
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    I love these!

    So glad you’ve found something that helps you!

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  • February 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm
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    I just learnt a lot of new things by reading this post. The pictures needed for such social stories are available online or something I take it?

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    • February 26, 2020 at 9:33 pm
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      Yes you can find them online, we used http://www.twinkl.co.uk for these ones. Special needs retailers sell more durable ones, but they aren’t cheap. My sons school will make them for us if we ask too, which is helpful.

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  • February 26, 2020 at 11:07 pm
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    We use them for our son. They are so helpful

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  • February 27, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    I’m glad that you have a method figured out. You are making Jack’s life so much better by paying attention to these little things.

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    • February 27, 2020 at 11:20 am
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      Thanks. It can be a lot of hard work figuring out what works. But when we get there it makes everyone’s life better 😊

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    • February 27, 2020 at 11:22 am
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      Hi, what would you like to know about specifically? I’m happy to help anyway I can.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 11:53 am
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    I remember those from my brief stint working with special needs kids. They are so useful. Keep up the good work, Dad!

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    • February 27, 2020 at 12:32 pm
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      Thank you. It took me a while to realise just how important they were, but I certainly do now.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 12:11 pm
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    My 2 YO did physical therapy as a baby and now speech. The clinic he goes to also does occupational therapy and these stories are all over the clinic walls. They seem to help kids out quite a bit! What you two do cannot be easy, but you are obviously doing a wonderful job with your kids.

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    • February 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm
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      Thank you, we do the best we can 😊

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  • February 27, 2020 at 6:25 pm
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    What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how about
    unpredicted feelings.

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