Jo McMahon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
I think this will be a helpful book for anyone who is living or working with a child who has an autistic spectrum disorder. Social Stories™ are very useful but it can be quite a challenge to write your own. This book is designed to get you started. The authors provide straightforward guidelines and lots of practical examples of Social Stories™ written for particular children. They annotate these stories so that readers can see how the process works. As a professional who regularly sees parents of children with a diagnosis of ASD, I will be adding this book to my list of valued references.
Rowena Harper, parent
Thank heavens for Social Stories™. I have used them often to explain life on planet Earth when my son is convinced that he is the only Martian present and that humans are weird. This brilliant book is so encouraging - a great reminder of why it is worth taking time and effort to write good stories and avoid the pitfalls.
Anastasia Kokina, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Instruction and Learning, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Finally, a book that combines a practical step-by-step guide on creating and using Social Stories™ with real-life examples and a collection of sample Stories. This wonderful volume presents a user-friendly approach to writing Social Stories™, and is written with humor in easy-to-understand language. It is bound to become your new "go to" Social Stories™ manual.
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University
Williams and Wright's book argues that Social Stories™ are a powerful method for making life easier for kids with autism or Asperger Syndrome, to reduce the confusion that arises from 'mindblindness' and a piecemeal perception of the world. Social Stories™ provide clear explanations for social conventions in a rule-based way, thereby 'systemizing' the social world, to render it less confusing. Social Stories™ need scientific evaluation in a randomised control trial, but this book will help teachers learn how to implement this imaginative method.