Social Stories Book for Autism

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My Social Stories Book Product Review

Over the last decade, Carol Gray’s Social Stories approach has become established as a highly effective way of teaching social and life skills to children on the autism spectrum.

Taking the form of short narratives, the Stories in My Social Stories Book take children step by step through basic activities such as brushing your teeth, taking a bath and getting used to new clothes. It also helps children to understand different experiences such as going to school, shopping and visiting the doctor.

These stories are written for preschoolers aged from two to six, and the book is a useful primer for all young children – but most especially those on the autism spectrum.

My Social Stories Book contains over 150 Stories and is illustrated throughout with line drawings by Sean McAndrew, which forms a visual counterpart to the text. A helpful introduction explains to parents and carers how to get the most out of the book.

Product: My Social Stories Book

My rating:  3.5 out of  5 stars

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (1 Feb. 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1853029505
ISBN-13: 978-1853029509
Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 0.8 x 24.6 cm

Pros

This book is a valuable resource for parents who are just starting to use social stories for their autistic child. It is a good value for money which is filled with examples of social stories covering almost every situation you could think of which is aimed at  2-6-Year-olds. It includes the day to day situations that children with autism often find confusing or frustrating.

Cons

Some might find this book aimed more towards care professionals than parents who can tailor the needs of the individual child concerned. It does not come with a DVD or CD feature guide.

The New Social Story Book Product Review

Since the early 90s, Carol Gray’s world-famous Social Stories have helped thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders.This 15th Anniversary Edition of her best-selling book offers ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, and new sections added are: How to most effectively use and apply the stories; How to improve the lives of younger children; and Social Stories for teens and adults with autism.Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in ways children and adults with autism understand while teaching social skills needed for them to be successful at home, school, work, and in the community

.Product: The New Social Story Book

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paperback:480 pages

Publisher: Future Horizons; 15th Anniversary, Revised, Expanded ed. edition (November 28, 2015)

Language:
English
ISBN-10:
1941765165
ISBN-13:
978-1941765166

Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches

Pros

This  book has a range of social stories to offer from different ages of childhood, teens, and adults with autism from different social settings and situations. You will find these as a very valuable resource that will help your child understand and develop his social skills with confidence. He needs this in order to learn how to properly interact in different social settings. It has an added CD  feature of printable and editable social stories.

Cons

Most of the social stories are geared for older kids and the stories need more editable contents and more graphics.

I sincerely hope these insights have helped in some way, and welcome your questions should there be any.

Adel 🙂
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12 thoughts on “Social Stories Book for Autism

  1. Hey there

    Thanks for the great review!
    My son is high on the autism spectrum. I love reading and finding out as much information as possible from all different types of people aswell as stories from other parents and caregivers.
    I will have to have a look at this book!
    It is well known and a trusted resource!
    Thanks again
    Regards Hailey

    1. Thank you, Harley, for finding my review useful. Social Stories has helped my son a lot with regards to his communication and social Interaction. It’s a great and very useful book that I highly recommend to parents to buy for their child with autism. 

  2. As a father of a Girl whom we believe is on the autistic spectrum, resources and advice like this is invaluable. You mention that the book is aimed at 2-6 year olds, but can you give me an example of the type of story I will find within?

    I am hoping they may involve some coping behaviours that we as parents can practice.

    Thanks

    1. Stories like taking turns in playing with toys with their peers, safety rules at home and going outside, simple routines you do at home, bath time, bed time and also it teaches about understanding oneself and others. It teaches one on how to create your own story to apply to your child. It teaches you how to cope by helping you to create your own story to teach to your child. For further information, please read on https://livingwithanautisticchild.com/social-stori

      Hope I have answered your questions. All the best to you and your daughter. :

  3. Hi Adel, reading about autism makes me realise how lucky people are when having children without these issues. And even then it is sometimes difficult enough to ‘manage’ them, let alone having an autistic child. It is great to see that there are these books that can help parents in these situations. Thanks for helping us on this very difficult topic. Cheers, Jerry

    1. Thank you, Jerry., These books will help parents to manage the communication and behavioural issues of their child with autism. It got all the areas covered that will help their child in their everyday activities or tasks at home and at school.

  4. The New Social Story sounds like a great book, I have some autist friends and hopefully this can help me understand them more as you mentioned they have all sorts of stories from kids to adulthood.

    Do you have any more books that you could recommend that are geared towards understanding teenagers and adult autists?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

    Anh

    1. Thank you, Anh. The second book about New Social Stories is a good one for teenagers and adult with autism. I will be posting a review on a particular book so that might be of great help not only to adults with autism but most of all for those who take care of them to better understand the issues confronting their difficulty interacting with people around them. Hope this will help you as well.

  5. Great suggestions for children with autism for parents to check out. I enjoy your commentary, and pros and cons lists. Have you tried the CD of the New Social Story Book? Does it have great value? I wonder how that is in relation to the book. I only wish for a few more stories to check out along with the ones you have mentioned.

    1. My friend have tried it and it works for her although as I said in my review that most of the social stories in the New Social Story Book are geared for older kids and the stories need more editable contents and more graphics. The CD itself contains printable and editable social stories. I will try to post some more social stories resources that I might get hold in the future. Thank you and all the best in all that you do!

  6. very good suggestion using these products for your Autistic child, any product which gives guidance to help us cope better with our health problems or our loved one we care for is well worth looking into.

    I have used all types of health workbooks to improve my own health problems, my oldest son is Autistic and I would have loved these products when he was a boy if they were available.

    1. If you don’t mind, how old is your oldest son who has autism. The second book of Carol Gray (The New Social Story Book ) is applicable for adults with autism. Is he on the high-functioning side of autism? There is a book that I could recommend for him to read which he will be able to comprehend and will help him to fully understand how his mind works and he would be able to manage himself in the outside world. I would include this on my next post. Thank you for dropping by.

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