Social Stories

Social Stories, developed by Carol Gray in 1990, are stories which can be used with individuals with Autism to exchange information that is personalized and illustrated. Social Stories are usually short, simple and have defined criteria to make them “Social Stories”. Anyone can create a Social Story, as long as they include specific elements when creating the Social Story. On a personal level, I found Social Stories quite helpful with my son when trying to describe events, activities, social norms and managing expectations.

Below are free Social Stories from various resources on the internet. I’ve classified them according to categories that children with Autism have difficulty with.


Listening is Cool

I Can Use My Words

Eye Contact or Staring (from Watson Institute)


Being a good friend 

Noticing Friends

How to Talk to My Friends (from Watson Institute)

Playing with Friends (from

Going to Different Places






Airplane Trip



Going to the Dentist (from

Going to Wendy’s (from

Behavioural Challenges

Picking My Fingers (from

What Can I Lick? (from

Biting (from

Hitting (from

Managing Loud Noises (from

Shouting (

Spitting (

School Related Activities

Getting Ready for School in the Morning (from

How to Use the Bus (from

Doing Schoolwork (from

Toys in the Classroom (from

Walking in the Hall (from

Walking Calmly in the School  (from

Storytime  (from

Fire Alarm (from

Seatwork (from

Starting High School

Listening to the Teacher (younger children)

Listening to the Teacher (older children) 

Quiet Please (from Watson Institute)

Quiet Please (for younger children – from Watson Institute)

Taking Turns at Circle (from

Getting My Turn to Talk In Class (from

Summer Vacation (from

Winter Break (from

Changing for PhysEd (from


Eating at the Table (from headstartinclusionorg)

Not Using Potty Words

Swearing (from

No Middle Finger (from

Table Manners (from

Swear Words

Asking Nicely

Saying “No, Thank You”

Saying “Excuse Me”


Why Do I Have to Wear a Seatbelt? 

Staying in the House

Staying Safe at Home (from

Safety Wherever I Go (from

Teaching About Boundaries

Personal Space (from SPEDVisualSupports)

Social Kiss (from

No Touching (from

Keeping Hands to Myself (from

Emotional Regulation

When I Feel Angry (from

Feeling Angry (from

Feeling Frustrated (from

Worrying (from


Brushing Teeth

Putting on Deodorant

Let’s Keep Our Hands Clean

Not Feeling Well (from

Body Odour (from happy

For Advanced Learners

What is a Tragedy? (from

What Autism Means, And What It Doesn’t Mean (from