Using a Social Story to teach an eight-year-old girl with Autism a socially appropriate way of eating: A case study
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
Few research studies have been conducted to investigate the use of a Social Story as sole intervention in changing inappropriate behaviors in children with autism. Most of the studies that used Social Stories as an intervention showed limitations like improper story construction (Appendix G), unsatisfactory design (AB design), and most lacked generalization and maintenance as described in the literature review.
This study assessed the utility of a properly constructed Social Story (Appendix G) as the sole intervention to change a dangerous and socially unacceptable way of eating in an eight year old girl with autism. Because of her unusual and sometimes aversive way of eating, often typical of children with ASD, morning tea and lunch times at the mainstream school she attended posed safety as well as social issues. The decision was made to use a changing conditions design (ABC).