Monday, November 04, 2019

Free Christmas Social Stories

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Tips and resources to helps autism families navigate the holiday season

Need a Christmas social story to explain presents, Santa, or the holidays in general to your kids? You'll love these free social stories about Christmas.

Like Halloween, Christmas can be an extremely overwhelming holiday for autistic and sensory kids.

There's so many changes in routines to start with. Then there's the parties and concerts, the blinking lights everywhere, and the same Christmas tunes on repeat everywhere you turn.

It's also one of those holidays that never seems to end, but maybe that's just my thoughts because I'm not much of a holiday person to begin with...

Anyway, you can help reduce the overwhelm by preparing your child with these free printable and video social stories about Christmas and Santa.

Free printable and video social stories about Christmas for kids with autism

Free Printable Holiday and Christmas Social Stories for Kids

1. Seeing Santa Social Story - Written by yours truly, this social story about visiting Santa is incredibly detailed and uses full color photos.

2. Receiving Gifts Social Scripts - Okay, it's not technically a social story, but I think it's important to include this little book of things to say when receiving gifts on this list of holiday social stories.

3. Christmas Social Story from Little Puddins - A surprisingly detailed social story considering how few pages there are.

4. 4 Social Stories for Christmas from Positively Autism - You'll find four social stories on the following topics: what to expect at Christmas, getting presents, going to visit Santa, and visiting family at Christmas.

5. Social Story about Santa from Little Puddins - This social story describes who Santa is and what his role is, if that's your thing.

6. Seeing Santa Social Story from The Deane's List on Teachers Pay Teachers - A rhyming social story that also appears to feature lots of diversity in the clip art.

7. Social Story About Being in a Christmas Concert from Kara Johnson on Teachers Pay Teachers - A short story about participating in Christmas concerts.

8. Presents Social Story from Exceptional Resources for Special Needs on Teachers Pay Teachers - This social story discusses how to react when you don't like the present you receive on Christmas.

9. Thank You for the Present Social Story from Fabulous Room 6 on Teachers Pay Teachers - This story looks just alright, judging by the preview, but it may still work for your needs.

10. Christmas Social Story from Mrs. Mactivity on Teachers Pay Teachers - An 8 page social story that describes what to expect during the Christmas season.

11. Christmas Day Social Story from The Autism Page - A simple one page social story about Christmas Day, but there's also lots of other visuals available here too.

Free Santa Social Story Video for Kids

It is shockingly difficult to find good video social stories about Christmas. I was kind of surprised.

The following Santa social story is specific to visiting Santa at the library and receiving a gift after. However, you could easily adapt this story and make one that better fits your needs.

I do like that this video has written text (so important when you have a hyperlexic kid) and uses real footage of kids interacting with Santa. The text isn't super detailed or anything, but it could work as a nice introductory social story about Santa.


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Free Christmas social stories for kids to learn about Santa, Christmas concerts, presents, and more!

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