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Using Social Stories
Social Stories can be a valuable tool to help explain important information and teach skills related to COVID-19 to individuals you support. Social Stories were created by Carol Gray in the early 1990s. They are short descriptions of a particular situation, event, or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. Though Social Stories are typically associated with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Stories can be a helpful tool for anyone of any age.
There are a variety of COVID-19 specific social stories available for free that may be effective tools for the individuals you support. As we have previously referenced, ASERT has a collection of social stories available on their COVID-19 resource page. Carol Gray also has some free stories available on her website. Don't see what you need in those collections? Why not make your own?
Are there other strategies or recommendations that have been effective for the participants you support? If so, let us know! Please send any suggestions or questions related to this email or requests for additional resources to RAfirstname.lastname@example.org