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What is the problem?
a young girl spins a pendulum
                  whilst her teacher and classmates look on

When trying to answer the question, 'What is the problem?', one useful technique is to think of what children's explanations of their behaviour would be if they could communicate effectively.


This technique is extremely powerful as it shifts the adult's focus from their own experience to that of the child.

Using social stories
a young girl spins a pendulum
                  whilst her teacher and classmates look on

Social stories are another useful tool to promote positive behaviour in children. This technique was originally devised to use with children and young people with autism, but it can be used with a range of children to teach them acceptable behaviour.

Social stories in practice

Watch the video in which Fiona's teacher uses a social story with her, then answer the questions on this and the next slide.

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Social stories in practice
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Think about the skills a child would need to have for a teacher to use social stories with them.


How are Fiona's communication skills different from Nick's?

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How useful are social stories for Fiona? Why?

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