This is another re-post from last month’s newsletter, but I wanted to make sure to share the information if you’re a new subscriber.
According to the National Autism Center’s National Standards Report (2009), the “Story-based Intervention Package” (another name for social narratives or Social Stories) is considered an “Established” intervention method for children with autism age six to fourteen years. Of course, this doesn’t mean that social narratives aren’t effective with other ages, it just means that most of the research has been with children age six to fourteen. The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders lists social narratives as and evidence-based practice and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment states that, while more experimental research needs to be done, evidence does exist for the effectiveness of social narratives.
I hope this amount of research support gives you confidence in trying social narratives with your children or students. Of course, you’ll want to track progress on the goals that you use social narratives to address in order to make sure it is effective for each particular individual.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment: Social Stories - http://www.asatonline.org/treatment/treatments/social.htm
National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Social Narratives - http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/social-narratives
The National Autism Center's National Standards Report (2009) - http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/nsp/