Neurodiversity Affirming Social Skills Stories
Teaching social skills in a way that honors the individual differences and needs of people is paramount. For too long, social skills have focused on the neurotypical world and have all but ignored the neurodiversity perspective. Neurological differences in neurodivergent people (such as autistic children, autistic adults, and children and adults with ADHD) are part of the human experience. Autistic communication, emotional regulation, executive functioning, sensory issues, special interests, and autistic traits are all valid.
This line of neurodiversity-affirming stories aims to support students by honoring autistic traits, honoring neurodivergent people, providing context for social situations with respect for the neurodiversity perspective, offering support for common challenges, and encouraging self advocacy. Neurotypical peers also benefit from neurodiversity affirming social skills stories, as their world becomes more open to autistic voices and neurodiverse perspectives. Using a neurodiversity affirming approach (neurodiversity affirming social skills stories being just one of those!) builds a larger community of neurodiversity affirmative therapists. Be a part of the neurodiversity movement and help to support all students as human beings.
If your child or student has unique abilities or special interests that set them apart from their peers, the Social Skills Story: Perseveration books are a must-have.
With helpful tips for both neurodivergent and neurotypical people alike, this 2 book set is a valuable resource for families and educators. It explores the ways in which special interests are beautiful and important to autistic people.
In Neurodiversity Affirming Perspective Taking: Social Skills Story, students can explore the dynamic that exists between any two or more people. By understanding how perspective taking works, students can better relate to those around them- neurotypical AND neurodivergent. With a focus on diversity and acceptance, this book is perfect for classrooms and home settings alike.
If you're looking for a fun and engaging way to teach about sensory issues, look no further than Social Skills Stories: Spitting. This 13-page story is perfect for helping students learn appropriate behaviors around spitting. The story is editable, so you can tailor it to your students' specific needs. And with print and digital versions available, you can use it however works best for your classroom.
The I Like to Chew: Neurodiversity Affirming Social Skills Story is the perfect way to teach children with an oral sensory need how to use their chewelry. This story explicitly teaches students how to wear a chew necklace, what to do if it falls on the floor, how to clean it, why they cannot share it and how to appropriately ask for it from an adult.
If you're looking for a way to help your child/teen understand the importance of limiting screen time, try Social Skills Stories: Limiting Screen Time. Filled with engaging real photographs, this book will help them understand why it's important to take breaks from screens and provide them with fun alternative ways to keep their brain active and engaged when they're not using screens. It respects autistic voices by validating that technology can be an important and meaningful tool for autistic people.
Stopping When Time is Up: Neurodiversity Affirming Social Skills Story: Transitioning from one activity to the next can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for autistic people. This book provides clear strategies and understanding so that transitions can be smooth and successful for all. All the while honoring executive functioning, special interests, and sensory needs.
Neurodiversity Affirming Social Skills is a helpful resource that includes two social narratives written specifically to affirm the stimming experience for neurodiverse individuals.
The first story, I Stim, discusses the benefits and validity of stimming, while encouraging self advocacy from the neurodivergent person. The second story, Stimming Feels Good, helps neurotypical people understand what stimming is and why it is important. These stories can be used in a variety of settings to help promote discussions about neurodiversity and acceptance. Social skills stories are not just for autistic people!
Looking for a fun and creative way to help your little one learn about safety skills? Look no further than the Social Skills Story: I Like to Climb!
This engaging and informative neurodiversity affirming social skills story focuses on the joys of climbing, while also stressing the importance of safety.
With beautiful photographs and a helpful break card, this set is ideal for any growing adventurer.