Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Free Social Stories About Going to School

A collection of free social stories about going to school. These free printable social stories are perfect for back to school season!

Ah, back to school season is here!

It is almost time to switch from summer mode to school routines. Say goodbye to sleeping in and say hello to hauling your children out of bed so you can attempt to get to school on time.

Attempt is the key word...

We rarely make it to school before the bell rings.

It's just a warning bell anyway, right?

Maybe it's even your child's first year at school or they are moving to a new school. Whatever the situation, you are going to love this list of free social stories about going to school! They will help your child get excited to return to school and reinforce school expectations and rules.

Free printable back to school social stories for kids with autism

Free Printable Back to School Social Stories

Whether you need a social story for a specific type of class like music or art or you just need a generic back to school social story, these free printable social stories below are super handy. Simply print and read! You could always use these social stories as inspiration to write your own if you would prefer.

1. Time for School: Back to School Social Story from Educating Everyone 4 Life on Teachers Pay Teachers

2. Arriving at School Social Story from Alberta Speechie on Teachers Pay Teachers

3. Going to School Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

4. Going to School Social Story from Teaching RICH Kids on Teachers Pay Teachers

5. Going to P.E. Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

6. Going to Music Class Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

7. Going to Art Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

8. Going to a New School Social Story from Love Autism on Teachers Pay Teachers

9. School's Out Social Story (obviously not for back to school, but for the end of the year) from Socially Skilled Kids on Teachers Pay Teachers

10. Going Back to School & Going to a New School Social Stories from ISEA - You can also find social stories about school routines, riding the bus, using a school voice, and more here.

11. Social Story About Going to School from educationandbehavior.com

12. Back to School Social Story from Little Mama Jama

Video Social Stories About Going to School

The video social stories below cover a variety of school topics including going to high school, riding a bus, and classroom rules. 







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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Watermelon Slime

This watermelon slime recipe is a perfect summer inspired sensory activity for kids. Find out how to make slime with this recipe!

Are the kids begging for slime time?

My kids do too.

All. The. Time.

So to keep things fresh and exciting, I like to try adding new things to our slime like when we made water bead slime or lavender scented slime. Our most recent creation was watermelon slime, which is super easy to make. Ready to find out how we make our slime?

How to make watermelon slime

How to Make Slime for a Fun Summer Inspired Sensory Activity for Kids

Slime is really easy to make and only takes a few ingredients. This watermelon slime uses our basic slime recipe as the base. But with a couple of additional items, it will be transformed into this fun summer inspired sensory play idea for the kids.

Now having said that, I really hate making slime. My kids love it, but me? Nope. I get it everywhere like on my pants, on the sunroom carpet, my camera...everywhere.

But...

It's worth it though to see their smiles and hear their giggles as they stretch, pull, and twist the slime.

And besides, once I make a batch of slime, it can be kept for weeks and reused over and over. That means less slime making for me, hooray!


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Free Social Stories About Manners & Being Polite

A collection of free social stories about manners including some free printable social stories for saying please and thank you.

Excuse me.

Please.

Thank you.

Three phrases that are a must when it comes to manners and being polite.

Phrases that I'm sure were drilled into you as a child and that you already drill into your child as well.

If you find yourself currently working on teaching manners and politeness to your child and feel you could use a bit of extra support, then these free printable social stories about manners and politeness will be a great resource for you. They will help teach your child why it's important to be polite and use manners, as well as show them when to use these key phrases.

Free printable and video social stories for kids about manners

Free Printable Social Stories About Saying Please & Thank You

Each one of these social stories below are free. Some include visuals, while others do not. Some of these stories also require you to have a Teachers Pay Teachers account, which is also free. I hope you find these social stories helpful for your child!

1. Free Using Our Manners Social Story from Teaching Outside of the Box - Also includes a sorting activity to practice good manners versus bad manners.

2. Free Saying Thank You Social Story from The ABLEities Foundation on Teachers Pay Teachers

3. Free Thank You Social Story (Sign Language Version) from The ABLEities Foundation on Teachers Pay Teachers

4. Saying Thank You Social Story from Fabulous Room 6 on Teachers Pay Teachers

5. Saying Please Social Story (Text Only) from Happy Learners

6. Saying Thank You Social Story (Text Only) from Happy Learners

Video Social Stories About Manners & Being Polite

The following video social stories focus on teaching kids how to be polite and use kind words. One video below also includes some sign language signs, which I think is awesome. I am a huge fan of teaching sign language to babies and toddlers (it was a lifesaver for us when our oldest son was younger!).




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Monday, July 30, 2018

Free Social Stories About Transitions

A collection of free social stories about transitioning from one activity to another including some free printable social stories about transitions and how to handle changes in routine.

Transitions are one thing many autistic children struggle with. Moving to a new activity or a change in the routine can be difficult for them to process. While there are lots of way to help kids who struggle with transitions, one awesome way to work on this social skill is by using social stories.

Social stories are a great way to teach kids to be flexible and that changes are okay. And trust me, it's a skill that a lot of kids need extra help with - autism or not.

However, when I was putting together this list of social stories about how to handle changes in routines, I was surprised by the lack of options available. Especially social stories that are free. It was kind of shocking to see the major lack of resources in transition social stories. Trust me, I searched and searched for free ones, but there just weren't many available.

So while this list of free social stories about moving from one activity to another isn't huge, by any means, I hope it is a great starting point to help your child.

Free social stories about how to handle changes in routines

Free Printable Social Stories About Transitions

I'm a big fan of printable social stories because you can take them with you on the go. I also always suggest laminating social stories for durability. So if your child is struggling with transitions, then you will likely find these printable social stories about transitions to be a great resource.

Heads up, though, some of these social stories require you to have a Teachers Pay Teachers account (don't worry, it's free to join!).

1. Free Putting Away My Blocks Transitioning Social Story from Creative Lab on Teachers Pay Teachers

2. Free Time's Up Social Story from Denise Wilson on Teachers Pay Teachers

3. Free Understanding & Handling Change Social Story from Jill Kuzma

4. Free Schedule Changes Social Story from Michelle Zaydlin on Teachers Pay Teachers

5. Free "Go With The Flow" Social Story for Middle Schoolers from Michael Begg on Teachers Pay Teachers

Video Social Stories About How to Make Transitions

Here's a video social story that discusses moving from one activity to another. I hope you find it helpful!


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Free Printable Social Story About Playing Hide & Seek

You're going to love this free printable social story for kids with autism that explains how to play a game of hide and seek with their friends.

Sometimes what seems extremely simple to us, can be extremely complex to kids who are autistic or hyperlexic because they struggle with the hidden rules associated with different social situations. Even something as simple as the childhood game of hide and seek. These kids may need reminders to hide alone or stay quiet or to pick new places to hide each round. This free printable hide and seek social story for kids covers all those little hidden rules of this classical childhood game. I hope you find it helpful!

Free printable social story about playing hide & seek

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About the Free Printable Social Story

This social story explains how to play a game of hide and seek with friends. It describes the two different roles of hide and seek: the seeker and the hiders, as well as some special tips like hiding in new spots each time. A special shout out to one of my readers, Christen, for requesting this particular social story!

I highly suggest laminating the social story for durability. You can use binder rings to keep the social story together or store it in a binder. As an alternative to laminating, you could use sheet protectors in a binder. Or if you find yourself printing off lots of social stories, then this binding machine is a lifesaver!

Download the Free Printable Playing Hide & Seek Social Story

This printable is 16 pages long and includes full color photos.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Free Potty Training Visual Schedules

Free printable potty training visual routines for kids with autism.

I often hear about how frustrating the potty training process is for parents, especially parents of autistic or hyperlexic children. Just go into any online support group and it won't take you long to find a discussion about this particular topic.

One thing that is helpful when potty training autistic or hyperlexic children is using a visual support of some kind, such as a visual schedule or routine chart. There are many benefits to using visual schedules and they can be tailor made to any situation or skill you are trying to teach. So why not potty training?

These free printable potty training visual schedules for kids are hopefully going to be a lifesaver for you and your child. They will hopefully help break down all the steps involved and remind your child what comes next in the process.

Free printable potty training visual schedules for kids

Free Printable Visual Schedules for Toilet Training

I highly recommend laminating any visual schedule for toilet training because kids may touch the schedule with wet hands or even...(shudders at the thought) dirty hands. It's bound to happen so save yourself from printing a new one by laminating it ahead of time. I also recommend hanging the visual schedule up where kids can easily see it while they are sitting on the toilet.

1. Printable Bathroom Chart from Kori at Home


3. Simple Bathroom Routine from Amy Reed on Teachers Pay Teachers

4. Bathroom Visual Schedule for Boys from Autism Educators

5. Toileting Picture Cards from Do2Learn

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Scented Sensory Activities for Kids

Simple and fun scented sensory ideas for kids, including engaging scented sensory bins, scented cloud dough recipes, and more!

When it comes to sensory play, most people just think about sensory bins and materials to touch and explore with the hands.

However, sensory play can mean anything that engages any of the senses.

Below you will find a collection of sensory activities for kids that engage the sense of smell, as well as the sense of touch. Some of these olfactory sensory play ideas smell like food such as chocolate or citrus fruits, while others are designed to provide a calming effect by using lavender as the scent.

Scented sensory activities for kids

Scented Sensory Play Activities for Kids

Sensory bins are great for engaging all the senses, so why not kick things up a notch by adding a bit of olfactory sensory input too. With a dash of essential oil or some sprinkles of spices, you can literally transform your child's favorite sensory bins in a matter of seconds.

Here are some wonderful scented sensory bin ideas for kids to try.

1. Cinnamon Soap Foam - One of my favorite sensory bin fillers, especially when paired with tractors or similar, simply because it looks like sandy in texture.

2. Chocolate Soap Foam - It's almost good enough to eat, but don't. Eating soap is gross. Blech.

3. Lavender Slime - Stretchy as can be, this calming lavender slime is so lovely.

4. Lavender Soap Foam - Soap foam is easily one of my favorite sensory bin fillers because it's super calming (at least for me!), but add some lavender to make it irresistible to play with.

5. Lemon Play Dough - While we were aiming for lemon meringue pie in this sensory invitation, the base is a perfectly lemony play dough.

6. Lavender Water Sensory Bin - Amp up your water sensory bins by adding some scent like we did with this lavender sensory bin.

7. Citrus Scented Soap Foam - Whip up some grapefruit and orange soap foam like we did here.

8. Lemon Scented Soap Foam - This sensory bin is inspired by Minions, but smells absolutely delicious because of the lemon scented soap foam base.

9. Lavender Scented Beans - These lavender beans last forever! They smell wonderful and are calming to play with.

10. Citrus Scented Easy Dough - Just as the name suggests, this sensory dough is easy peasy to make.

11. Chocolate Peppermint Cloud Dough - Chocolate and peppermint go so well together and make a perfect sensory bin material.

12. Lavender Epsom Salt Tray - Beautiful and calm, lavender epsom salt is a perfect sensory bin filler or as a writing tray material.

13. Coconut Cloud Dough - This twist on the classic cloud dough recipe smells so good!

14. Lavender Scented Water Beads - Transform water beads with some scent, just like we did for this Easter themed sensory bin.

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