Being A Responsible Person is an example of an autism social story written for an older, verbal child functioning at a higher cognition level. The goal of the story is to get the student to try to do what she is asked, control her feelings, and ask for help if needed.
Social Story Example for Older, Verbal Child
Being a responsible person
Sometimes I am asked to do things that I don't want to do. Everyone has to do things they don't want to do sometimes. This is what it means to be a responsible person. It may not be fun but everyone is responsible to do things they don't like to do.
Sometimes mom has to cook dinner when she doesn't want to. This may be her responsibility. Sometimes dad has to go to work when he doesn’t want to. This may be his responsibility. Sometimes I have to do lessons at school that I don't want to. This is my responsibility. Even though I don't want to do lessons or go to Saint Rose, it is usually best to be responsible and do what is asked. Everyone has to do things they don't like to do some of the time. This is what it means to be responsible.
When it is time to do something that I don't want to do, I may feel like running away or leaving the group. It sometimes makes me feel __________ when I have to do something that I don't like to do. Even though I feel __________ I need to remember that if I just try it will make everything better in the end.
Everyone will feel happy that I tried my hardest even when it was something I did not want to do. I will try to remember that I am a smart kid who has great ideas that help other kids. These kids help Mick and Brianna understand the lesson at Saint Rose. I will try to remember that trying my best even when I don't like the work makes teachers and parents and other kids feel happy. It makes people sad when someone interrupts the lesson by leaving the table or yelling out. I will try to control my feelings and ask for help if I need it. This will show everyone that I am responsible.
When I try my best, stay with the group and do my work I get to have choice time. When I don't try my best or leave the group then I need to finish my work during choice time. It makes me feel __________ to lose choice time. I always have interesting stories or information to share with everyone. I like to play games during choice time. But I can't get to choice time without participating in the other activities first. This is what it means to be responsible.
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Autism social stories are easy to learn to write and can be a fun project, as well as a powerful teaching tool for a young child, adolescent or adult with autism.