Complete guide to social stories
One Place for Special Needs scoured the Internet to come up with the most complete list of free social stories covering everything from behavior to toilet training. We also have included stories showing sequential processing, the steps for what to expect in a variety of activities. Some are text only and others include pics. Please rate these resources on our site so others can find the best stories first.
by Dawn Villarreal, One Place for Special Needs
Allergy test social story
If your child is getting an allergy pin prick test, this is a good sequential processing story that shows the steps of the procedure.
Behavior social stories
Social stories that work on frustration issues and other challenging behavior.
Birthday social stories
Includes social stories plus related topics like thanking someone for a present.
Blood draw social stories
If your child is getting blood drawn, this is a good sequential processing story that shows the steps for getting a blood test. Click here for some videos showing how quick and easy this process can be.
Calling 911 social stories
These stories explain what is an emergency and when to dial 911.
Community social stories
Social stories that help going out in the community, doing field trips, going to a restaurant, museum and more.
Created by us!
One Place for Special Needs created its own social and sequential processing stories for families. Let us know if there is a social story you would like to see and we'll try to make it. Email us at
Crossing the street social stories
Social and sequential processing stories on safely crossing the street. View all our crossing the street resources including videos and other strategies on this important safety issue.
Death social stories
A social story to explain death to a child. Also see our link to explaining death for more resources on the concept of death, when your pet dies and what to expect at a wake and funeral.
Dentist visit social stories
Here are social stories on what to expect at the dentist office. Visit our fear of dentist resources for many great articles on preparing for the visit and videos showing what to expect.
EEG social story
If your child is getting an electroencephalogram (EEG) this is a good social story that shows the sequential processing of putting the sensors on the chid's head. Go to our EEG test resource page for videos and other resources on the EEG test.
Getting a haircut social stories
These are videos showing the steps for getting a haircut.
Going on an airplane social stories
Social stories on what to expect at the airport. See our full resource page for lots of great videos and articles to help prepare an individual for a trip on an airplane.
Inappropriate touch social stories
Stories that help others understand what a bad touch is, knowing our bodies and other personal safety related topics. See all of our articles on sexual predators to learn how to keep your child safe.
Menstrual cycle social stories
Here are social stories on getting your period. Make sure to visit our getting your period page showing many informative videos and articles on a variety of menstruation topics.
Mother's day social stories
Stories that explain Mother's day.
Phone social stories
These social stories remind individuals not to give out personal information, what to do when a stranger calls and when the phone call is for me.
Safety social stories
All of our safety related social stories including electrical, first aid, fire, poison and more.
Social Stories (all)
Here is our list of all social stories on the One Place for Special Needs website.
Staying calm social stories
Social stories for staying calm instead of becoming frustrated.
Taking medication social stories
A social story on the importance of taking your medication plus some videos on how to swallow pills.
Wearing glasses social stories
Social stories on wearing glasses plus a few resources on getting your child to wear their glasses.
Writing social stories
Articles on how to write your own social stories.
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About the writer
Dawn Villarreal runs One Place for Special Needs, a national disability resource that lets you find local and online resources, events and even other families in your neighborhood plus thousands of online disability resources! Stay awhile and check out the site. She is also moderator of Autism Community Connection, a Yahoo group for families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Reprint permission granted by including: Reprinted with permission from One Place for Special Needs http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com
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