Art Therapy Corner: Social Stories and Art Therapy

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[Source:  Colors of Play]

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental issues use Social Stories in order to better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication. Originally designed in 1991 by Carol Gray, Social Stories model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with appropriate social cues, others perception, and a suggested response relevant to the situation.

The goal of a Social Story is to reveal correct social information in a clear and encouraging means that is easily understood by the individual. The improved understanding of the events and expectations may lead to a change in behavior, although it is suggested that the goal of a Social Story should not be to change individual behavior. However, it can reduce anxiety when used consistently.

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