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Residential trips: Using social stories to support children on the autism spectrum

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Naomi Botha is an Advisory Teacher who has used social stories with a number of children on the autism spectrum to support them in a variety of situations. In this paper, she describes the work done with three boys at different schools to prepare them for the residential school trip. At the outset, none of the parents thought it was wise for their son to go on the trip. However, with good preparation and support – using social stories – all three boys were successful and went on the trips. Naomi gives her views and those of the staff and parents on the value of the social stories and also presents the views of one of the children. It is hoped that readers will be encouraged by this paper and will gain some ideas on how to help other children develop the confidence required to try pursuits outside their familiar routines and timetables.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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