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I Can't Do That!
My Social Stories to Help with Communication, Self-Care and Personal Skills

Second Edition


October 2010 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you teaching or supporting students with special educational needs (SEN) who are struggling with social rules and conventions? This book introduces you to the concept of social stories which are a positive and practical way to help children with these difficulties.

The new edition of this book has over 90 examples of social stories, including over 30 new stories and also contains a new section on:

  • Why social stories are important
  • How to use them in your setting
  • How to write your own social stories

Suitable for use with children of any age, the book includes examples for those children with language delays, communication difficulties, difficult behavior, antisocial behavior, as well as those with autism.

Broken down into eight sections it is easy to find an example suitable for the situation you are facing so you can work together with the child to create their personal story.
A great book for any setting, the stories are practical and achievable, the language is down to earth and believable, and the subjects include those that we are often embarrassed to deal with. A must-have for the SEN practitioner.

 
How to Use this Book
 
How to Use a Social Story
 
Writing Your Own Stories
 
PART ONE: ME AND MY BODY STORIES 1-12
Smelly Pants

 
Wiping my Bottom

 
I Like To Feel Safe in the Toilet

 
When I Go To The Toilet

 
I Get Worried About Going to the Toilet

 
Taking My Clothes Off

 
I Used To Like Sucking My Thumb

 
Spitting at People is Wrong

 
I Sneeze A Lot!

 
Making Noises with my Body Upsets People

 
Why Do I Have To Keep Clean and Tidy?

 
When is it OK to Touch my Body?

 
 
PART TWO: HOME ROUTINES STORIES 13-19
I Can Sleep By Myself

 
What I Do in the Night Time

 
When I Go Home From School

 
Crossing the Road

 
I Like To Go Out in the Car

 
Why We Have Traffic Lights

 
I Like Collecting Money!

 
 
PART THREE: EATING HABITS STORIES 20-25
When Should I Eat?

 
How Much Should I Eat?

 
I Need to Get Fitter

 
Why We Eat Oranges

 
I Can Choose Different Meals

 
I Like Sweet Things!

 
 
PART FOUR: MY FEELINGS STORIES 26-33
I Want It Now!

 
Why Do They Wind Me Up?

 
I Need to Have Time Out

 
Sometimes I Get Told Off

 
Swearing

 
What Happens When I Don't Want To Do It?

 
Why We Have School Rules

 
What Happens When I Lose?

 
 
PART FIVE:SOCIAL SKILLS STORIES 34-52
Who's That Sitting In My Chair?

 
Having a Chat

 
I Like Putting my Hand Up

 
Mucking About!

 
What Do People Talk About?

 
Who Can I Touch?

 
Good Touching and Bad Touching

 
I Like To Sit Close

 
Why I Shouldn't....Hitting, Nipping, Squeezing and Scratching

 
I Will Try Not To Keep Butting In

 
I Keep Calling Out The Answers

 
Nobody Will Steal My Things

 
When I Meet People

 
I Like Looking into My Friends' Classrooms

 
Why I Shouldn't Take Things That Don't Belong to Me

 
Why Do People Praise Me?

 
Throwing Things is Not Safe

 
Working with Other People

 
In My School We Are All Different

 
 
PART SIX: PLAY AND FRIENDSHIP STORIES 53-58
Sharing My Stuff with Friends

 
I Want Someone to Play With

 
I Can Have More Than One Friend

 
Finding a Friend

 
Playtime

 
Sharing the Toys

 
 
PART SEVEN: SCHOOL ROUTINES STORIES 59-76
I Come to School on the Minibus

 
Me and My Sister

 
Science will be OK

 
I Am a Writing Machine

 
When we Line Up at Lunchtime

 
I Can Queue Too!

 
I Know How to Sit and Stand Nicely

 
Wet Playtime

 
When the Lights Go Out

 
What Names to Use in School

 
Why Grown Ups Have Meetings

 
Why Do We Do Warm-ups?

 
Long Jump

 
Anybody Can Carry the Ball

 
Getting Changed for PE

 
When we do Ball Games

 
What Happens if I Lose Stuff?

 
Splash!

 
 
PART EIGHT: SCHOOL WORK STORIES 77-92
I Like Some Teachers More Than Others

 
How To Deal with Mistakes

 
My Assistant Helps Other People Too

 
Why Do I Do Different Work from Other People?

 
It's OK to have Help

 
I Can Ask for Help

 
What if I Can't Do It?

 
I Like to Finish My Work

 
Working by Myself

 
When I Don't Understand Things?

 
When we Have a Test

 
I Don't Need to Hide My Work

 
How Much Do I Have to Do?

 
My Teacher Asks Lots of Questions

 
I Like to do Pictures

 
Who Helps Me with my Homework?

 

'This continues to be a very helpful resource for parents and professionals working with children with a range of social communication difficulties. Particularly useful, besides the examples of social stories provided, are the additional features, including how to use them, how to write your own and the further reading lists' Sarah Worth, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Cheshire Autism Support and Development Team


Praise for the first edition:

'This is an effective practical resource that provides a wide range of strategies for supporting children and young people in a variety of contexts. It is also very useful for people who are just beginning to use social stories. John Ling has used knowledge, skills and experience gained from good practice to create a quality resource' - Special


'Helpful for all sorts of other children, those with delayed language development, dysfunctional family backgrounds and those lacking confidence.' - Behaviour UK

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ISBN: 9780857020444