Social Stories

Social stories are a great teaching tool for students on the autism spectrum. They use pictures and words to help students learn about a behavior, event, skill, or concept they may be struggling with. Since they first were popularized, many have found them to be useful teaching tools for behavioral issues in general. Pictures from the students home or classroom can be used to make the story come to life if it is ‘homemade’ though. So that’s kind of fun!

There are many resources online for creating your own social stories or many are pre- written too. If you are looking to create your own social story for a student this is a good guide. We created social stories in partners one night in a class. It was the first time we tried it all the way through. We chose to make them in powerpoint , a very doable option. The time from start to end took most of us 20-30 minutes. It may take your more or less depending on the story though. This is not a novel don’t worry it can easily be accomplished by parents or teachers on a lunch.

Here are some resources to help !

-This site has comic strip type images free to use.

-Feeling tech savvy? This App costs a few dollars but if you work with students who use social stories on a regular basis this may be a good tool for you!

-Looking for something a little more interactive? This teacher got creative! She created a social story spin with a social story sort. See it here!

-Sometimes I like a reference book to pull from my shelf. If this is a high use item in your classroom this might be a good investment for you. Borrow ideas and edit them to make your own until you know exactly what to do!

PBISworld offers a whole host of commonly used social stories. Check it out.

What other resources do you know of for helping students in this area?

Share and grow,

-Miss. Moriah-

RTI and IEP’s

When my parents went to school one size fits all education was all that was in place. Today, we recognize that everyone processes information in different ways and at different paces. Some students need a little more support and differentiation than what can be offered in the classroom by one teacher though. That’s where RtI can come into play. RtI (response to intervention) can be given to all students and helps them catch up or stay on track with their peers. This educational intervention is offered to all students and having it does not require a 504 or IEP plan (which if you don’t know what those are you can read more about in the lower links). However, if a child needs these services RtI help them get on the path to those services by exhausting all other options faster.

        Here you will find links and images for not only you as an educator regarding IEP’s and RtI but, some useful things to send away with parents as well!

Learn and Grow!

-Miss. Moriah-

IEP’s

  • This site has good tips for parents going into an IEP meeting. They provide excellent real world analogies and “we” statements that can be used in the meeting.
  • Looking for IEP meeting tips? This page provides before meeting , what to ask during, and after thoughts. As an added bonus you can find an article to help pick through the differences  between an IEP and a 504. This is a great tool for parents or support staff just learning to navigate the ins and outs.
  • While this PDF is a bit lengthy, it is very useful if you word with students who have IEP’s! This book, now online, was written by a lawyer and an educator to help you best succeed at navigating the IEP world. The book is written mostly in a listing format so it is easy to read. The tips are useful and it is worth a glance if you need help with the ins and outs of IEPs.

RtI

  • Looking for a handout on RtI for a parent teacher conference? Struggling to explain what it is in non-teacher terms to someone in your community?  This handout could be just the ticket!
  • RtI can vary between school districts quite a bit. If you are confused as to what goes in what tier or how to best serve students the RtI network might be able to help you.
  • Are you a classroom teacher that needs to do some RtI? Are you becoming an RtI specialist but a little stuck on what some of the papers your students may need look like? This teacher uploaded a bunch of materials for others to view. I found it helpful and hope you do too!
  • This teacher created reminder bracelets for students as part of her RtI program. Read all about it and get her cool print out here!