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I Can't Do That!

Are you teaching or supporting students with special educational needs (SEN) who are struggling with social rules and conventions? This book introduces you to the concept of social stories which are a positive and practical way to help children with these difficulties. The new edition of this book has over 90 examples of social stories, including over 30 new stories and also contains a new section on: - why social stories are important - how to use them in your setting - how to write your own social stories. Suitable for use with children of any age, the book includes examples for those children with language delays, communication difficulties, difficult behaviour, antisocial behaviour as well as those with autism. Broken down into 8 sections it is easy to find an example suitable for the situation you are facing so you can work together with the child to create their personal story. A great book for any setting, the stories are practical and achievable, the language is down to earth and believable, and the subjects include those that we are often embarrassed to deal with. A must-have for the SEN practitioner.
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Table of Contents

How to Use this Book How to Use a Social Story Writing Your Own Stories PART ONE: ME AND MY BODY STORIES 1-12 Smelly Pants Wiping my Bottom I Like To Feel Safe in the Toilet When I Go To The Toilet I Get Worried About Going to the Toilet Taking My Clothes Off I Used To Like Sucking My Thumb Spitting at People is Wrong I Sneeze A Lot! Making Noises with my Body Upsets People Why Do I Have To Keep Clean and Tidy? When is it OK to Touch my Body? PART TWO: HOME ROUTINES STORIES 13-19 I Can Sleep By Myself What I Do in the Night Time When I Go Home From School Crossing the Road I Like To Go Out in the Car Why We Have Traffic Lights I Like Collecting Money! PART THREE: EATING HABITS STORIES 20-25 When Should I Eat? How Much Should I Eat? I Need to Get Fitter Why We Eat Oranges I Can Choose Different Meals I Like Sweet Things! PART FOUR: MY FEELINGS STORIES 26-33 I Want It Now! Why Do They Wind Me Up? I Need to Have Time Out Sometimes I Get Told Off Swearing What Happens When I Don't Want To Do It? Why We Have School Rules What Happens When I Lose? PART FIVE:SOCIAL SKILLS STORIES 34-52 Who's That Sitting In My Chair? Having a Chat I Like Putting my Hand Up Mucking About! What Do People Talk About? Who Can I Touch? Good Touching and Bad Touching I Like To Sit Close Why I Shouldn't....Hitting, Nipping, Squeezing and Scratching I Will Try Not To Keep Butting In I Keep Calling Out The Answers Nobody Will Steal My Things When I Meet People I Like Looking into My Friends' Classrooms Why I Shouldn't Take Things That Don't Belong to Me Why Do People Praise Me? Throwing Things is Not Safe Working with Other People In My School We Are All Different PART SIX: PLAY AND FRIENDSHIP STORIES 53-58 Sharing My Stuff with Friends I Want Someone to Play With I Can Have More Than One Friend Finding a Friend Playtime Sharing the Toys PART SEVEN: SCHOOL ROUTINES STORIES 59-76 I Come to School on the Minibus Me and My Sister Science will be OK I Am a Writing Machine When we Line Up at Lunchtime I Can Queue Too! I Know How to Sit and Stand Nicely Wet Playtime When the Lights Go Out What Names to Use in School Why Grown Ups Have Meetings Why Do We Do Warm-ups? Long Jump Anybody Can Carry the Ball Getting Changed for PE When we do Ball Games What Happens if I Lose Stuff? Splash! PART EIGHT: SCHOOL WORK STORIES 77-92 I Like Some Teachers More Than Others How To Deal with Mistakes My Assistant Helps Other People Too Why Do I Do Different Work from Other People? It's OK to have Help I Can Ask for Help What if I Can't Do It? I Like to Finish My Work Working by Myself When I Don't Understand Things? When we Have a Test I Don't Need to Hide My Work How Much Do I Have to Do? My Teacher Asks Lots of Questions I Like to do Pictures Who Helps Me with my Homework?

About the Author

John Ling is a teacher in Kirklees Autism Outreach Service


'This continues to be a very helpful resource for parents and professionals working with children with a range of social communication difficulties. Particularly useful, besides the examples of social stories provided, are the additional features, including how to use them, how to write your own and the further reading lists' Sarah Worth, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Cheshire Autism Support and Development Team Praise for the first edition: 'This is an effective practical resource that provides a wide range of strategies for supporting children and young people in a variety of contexts. It is also very useful for people who are just beginning to use social stories. John Ling has used knowledge, skills and experience gained from good practice to create a quality resource' - Special 'Helpful for all sorts of other children, those with delayed language development, dysfunctional family backgrounds and those lacking confidence.' - Behaviour UK

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