Masters Thesis

What are the best practices in integrating social stories to promote socially appropriate behaviors in children with autism at school?

Today, students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder are often included in general education settings; however, it is difficult for teachers to support them best when they lack an understanding of successful interventions that they can use. This project examines the best practices involved in implementing a Story-based Intervention, specifically Social Stories, to promote socially appropriate behaviors in children with autism at school. For teachers to be able to access this information to utilize in their classrooms, a manual based on Carol Gray’s criteria for creating a well balanced Social Story was created for teachers to use when developing Social Stories for their students. Included in the manual are descriptions of the criteria for creating a well balanced Social Story, a template to use when collecting information to develop a Social Story from, and examples of Social Stories that were developed by following the included template.

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