The last few weeks have been a busy time for ChildSpeech. We have been asked to increase our provision to a school, our referral rate has increased and we have agreed to provide Talk Boost training!

Our therapists are hard at work and are taking on as many new clients as possible to try to provide effective intervention to all our families and schools.

A big breakthrough for me personally was when a SENCO contacted me to say a Social Story™ (Carol Gray) I had written for a little boy had been successful. A Social Story™is defined as follows:

A Social Story™ describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. Half of all Social Stories™ developed should affirm something that an individual does well. Although the goal of a Story™ should never be to change the individual’s behavior, that individual’s improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses.

The little boy who used the story is a 4 year old with a diagnosis of Autism who usually refuses to wear gloves. The school had arranged a very exiting tobogganing trip for all the children in his class, but if he didn’t wear gloves, he wouldn’t be allowed on the slopes! I discussed writing a Social Story™ about wearing gloves with the class teacher, wrote it and gave it to her. She passed it on to his parents who also used it with him in the week leading up to the school trip.

I was thrilled to hear this week that he had been able to wear his gloves and take part in the trip. It was described by the SENCO as “a very exciting, special moment”.

More about Social Stories™ can be found here:

http://www.thegraycenter.org/social-stories/what-are-social-stories

Liz Clements

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