|Winnie's Care Package|
As a mom to a kiddo with Autism, the Social Story is certainly not a new concept to me. Many times over the years we have used picture stories or charts to help Pearson understand what might happen throughout his day, what he could expect from a procedure at the doctor, or to help him control his anxiety over getting a haircut. Autism Speaks has so many wonderful and dowloadable social stories on their website. Our favorite one details what happens when you get your blood drawn. Unfortunately we will be reading that one today.
Autism Speaks Blood Draw Parent Manual
Another brilliant adoptive mom opened my eyes to sending a social story to your new child before you meet her. I knew immediately that we had to send one to Winnie. Any child could benefit from a story like this, but children with disabilities like Autism and Down syndrome use these stories all the time at home, at school and in therapy and we know they help tremendously.
When we started creating the story, I knew that I wanted to make it into a "storybook" that Winnie could read with her foster family. I wanted it too look like a children's book, so I enlisted the help of my talented niece (who just happens to be in art school on scholarship and she just happens to have Asperger's too!) to help create the wonderful drawings using photographs as a guide.
What follows is the story we created:
|The Story of Our Family|