Olson, Janet Signe
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Developed by Carol Gray, Social Stories ™ are used as an intervention method to help individuals understand social situations (Howley, 2005). In particular, individuals with autism spectrum disorder have benefited from the use of social stories for revealing implied and "hidden" social information that is vital for social interaction and understanding. This study conducted a survey about the creation and implementation of social stories used in the scope of practicing speech-language pathologists. The participants were all licensed and accredited speech-language pathologists from a clinical outpatient work setting. Their years of practice ranged from 5-40 years. Examination of the surveys revealed that social stories were used to target problem behaviors, following routines, interacting with other children, and understanding emotions. The process of creating and implementing the social stories remained constant across all the surveys. The challenges implementing social stories differed across the surveys and included identifying explanations and motivations for each child.
McLean, Ashley, "How are social stories used by speech-language pathologists?" (2010). Honors Capstones. 616.
Northern Illinois University
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