It’s time for winter break! That means kids are heading home to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, or attention issues may struggle with the transition from routine daily life into holiday celebrations.
Social stories are a great resource for children with any sort of difficulty with comprehension. They use images, words, or some combination of both to explain specific occurrences, social interactions, concepts, skills, or behaviors. Many families of children with cognitive disabilities benefit from showing them social stories before a new event or change in daily schedule.
We put together a resource with some free social stories from around the web that will help your little one prepare for winter break and holiday celebrations!
Winter Break Social Narrative: This interactive mini book discusses upcoming events to expect over winter break.
Return to School Social Story: If the return to school is a struggle, this short social story can help with the transition.
Social Script for Receiving Gifts: This helpful script gives ideas for what to say when giving or receiving gifts around the holidays.
What to Expect at Christmas: This social story shows what a child can expect when celebrating Christmas.
Seeing Santa Social Story: Children who struggle with Santa visits may benefit from a social story about what they can expect.
Hanukkah Social Story: This social story shows different key elements of Hanukkah celebrations.
Menorah Social Story: This social story shows the process of lighting the menorah.
Saying “Thank You” Social Story: A social story about saying “thank you” for gifts.
Christmas Visual Schedule: This flip book chronology of holiday events can be catered to a child’s specific itinerary.
Calm Down Cards: Some children may benefit from bringing calm down cards to over-stimulating events. These cards inspire mental breaks.
Event Planner: Children may benefit from having their own event planner to prepare for any upcoming event.
Do you have any social stories your child has found helpful around the holidays? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to our list.
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Some other places where you can find social stories include: