Social stories as an intervention strategy

This study used an AB design to investigate the effectiveness of social stories as an intervention with three school children that were experiencing difficulties at school relating to staying on task. The primary purpose of this study was to determine if the implementation of a social story with verbal prompts had a positive impact on targeted behaviors. The subjects of this study were three 7th grade students with a variety of cognitive disabilities including autism. The students were given a perspective on their targeted behaviors by introducing social stories as an educational support. The social stories were used as part of their curriculum. The intervention focused on a few key points, important social cues, events, and reactions the students might exhibit in certain situations. The data revealed that the behaviors decreased after the intervention was implemented. Maintenance data showed that reinforcing desired behavior with the continued use of social stories is an effective intervention. Key words: Social stories, behavior intervention, special education, autism