Social Stories for Autism & Learning Difficulties


Anger 1

Anger & Hitting 

Anger 2

Anger 3

Asking to play 

Hands are not for hitting


I can use my words

Kind hands


Take a break

Taking turns

Visual schedule

When I am frustrated


Being naked/private parts

Bump on my head

Masturbation (boys)

Puberty (boys)

What are private parts?



Personal space

Sex talk in public

Touching other people

Who can I kiss?


4th July


Easter egg hunt



Valentines Day

Visiting Santa


Asking for a turn

Asking for help

Asking to play 


Moving house


Calming corner

Coping with angry feelings

Dealing with change

How to calm my body

Sometimes I feel angry

Someone I know died 

Take a break

Wearing headphones

Winning and losing



Eating and drinking 

Healthy eating

I should only eat food


Charley Horse (leg cramp)

I feel sick

Staying healthy this winter

Telling an adult about pain




Anxiety Around the War with Russia and Ukraine

Everyone is Diagnosed Frequently 

Feelings of Anxiety and Depression

Germs: Staying healthy

Getting an IV

IV access

Panic attack

What Autism Means and What it Doesn’t Mean

What Autism Means and What it Doesn’t Mean 2


Going to the theatre

Having fun at the playground

Using public toilets (boys)


Adults Help Children Fix Mistakes

I am a super friend

Making friends

When I miss my friends


Bad weather

Bush fire


Good touch/bad touch

It’s not OK to hurt me

Safety Wherever I Go” (1-Boy Version)

Safety Wherever I Go” (2-Girl Version) 

Strangers and other people

Stranger danger

Stranger danger 2

Walking around town

War with Russia and Ukraine

Watching a Tragedy on Television 

Water safety

What is a hurricane

What is a Tragedy?



Getting school pictures taken

Going to a kindergarten

Going to school

Preschool to elementary school

Separation anxiety

Small group work

Spring break

Taking a break

Tornado drill

Wearing shoes at school


Being clean

Brushing teeth


Everyday hygiene

Falling asleep

Foot care

Getting a haircut 

Getting dressed

Hair care

Hand dryer

Losing a tooth

Taking a bath

Taking a shower

Taking a shower 2

Taking a shower 3

Using toilet

Using public restroom

Washing my hands

Understanding Social Stories for
Autism and Learning Difficulties

Social stories are powerful tools designed to provide guidance, support, and structure for individuals facing challenges related to learning difficulties and autism. Developed by Carol Gray, these narrative-based interventions offer a structured way to communicate information and foster understanding in a clear and accessible manner.

What Are Social Stories? Social stories are short, personalised narratives that use descriptive text and visuals to explain social situations, behaviours, and concepts. Tailored to the needs and comprehension levels of individuals on the autism spectrum or with learning difficulties, these stories aim to enhance understanding, reduce anxiety, and promote positive behaviour.

How Do They Work? Social stories break down complex situations into smaller, manageable steps, making them easier to grasp. They outline appropriate behaviours, responses, and expectations in various scenarios, ranging from daily routines to social interactions. By offering a clear framework for understanding what to expect, these stories empower individuals to navigate situations with greater confidence.

Benefits for Learning Difficulties and Autism:

  • Enhanced Communication: Social stories help individuals with autism and learning difficulties grasp abstract concepts and social cues, improving their communication skills and interactions.
  • Reduced Anxiety: By detailing what to anticipate in different situations, social stories help alleviate anxiety often experienced by those with these conditions.
  • Improved Behaviour: Social stories provide a roadmap for appropriate behaviours, empowering individuals to respond positively to various situations.
  • Building Independence: Individuals can learn to make informed decisions and act independently by understanding the world around them through social stories.

Creating Effective Social Stories:

  • Personalisation: Tailor each story to the individual’s preferences, abilities, and needs for maximum impact.
  • Visual Aids: Incorporate images or symbols alongside text to reinforce understanding and engagement.
  • Positive Focus: Highlight positive outcomes and behaviours, promoting a constructive approach to challenges.
  • Consistency: Consistently review and revisit social stories to reinforce learning and encourage retention.

Utilising Social Stories:

  • Home: Social stories can be integrated into daily routines at home, promoting smoother transitions and behaviours.
  • School: In educational settings, these stories help individuals adapt to classroom routines and social interactions.
  • Community: Social stories prepare individuals for outings, events, and public spaces, enhancing their comfort and participation.

Incorporating social stories into the lives of individuals with learning difficulties and autism can lead to increased understanding, improved behaviour, and greater overall well-being. By breaking down complex situations into relatable narratives, these tools provide a bridge to a more connected and confident life.