2 day Training: Social Stories

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Social Stories 10.2 Two-Day Workshop!

29th-30th  June 2017 £292 to be confirmed

Carol Gray, Consultant to Individuals with Autism and Founder, Team Social Stories™ and Social Stories Satellite Schools and Services.    Social Stories™©

Venue:   Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Dr. Kettering, Northants NN15 6PB.  UK

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 Target Audience  

This workshop is for any parent, professional, family member, or friend who is working on behalf of one or more children, adolescents, or adults with autism.  Social Stories are particularly valuable for individuals with autism with moderate learning challenges to gifted academic ability and applicable for all levels of cognitive impairment with adaptation and modification.


Please join us for this debut workshop!  In their relatively short history, *Social Stories™ (Social Articles for adults) have helped individuals with autism of all ages understand and respond more effectively to daily interactions and events. In January of 1991, Carol Gray initiated and developed the approach in Michigan, in the northern Midwest of the United States.  Twenty-three years later, the harsh winter of 2014 kept Carol Gray snowed-indoors at home and office.  She emerged this spring with sun deprivation and completion of a very new, interesting, and often surprising Social Stories 10.2 Criteria and Workshop. This presentation is the very first Social Stories 10.2 workshop in England.

Social Stories are one of the most popular evidence-based instructional strategies for learners with autism in the world.  They are also frequently misused and misunderstood.  Learning how to research, develop, and implement a genuine Social Story is critical to their effectiveness, safety, and integrity. The goal is to build positive social concepts and skills in an individually tailored, unassuming, and supportive learning context. 

The new 10.2 Social Story Criteria:

  • Introduce a newly revised definition of Social Stories; 
  • Are based on a shorter albeit expanded rationale that includes context theory; 
  • Reflects new research and the most current experience with the Social Story approach; 
  • Retrieve ‘long lost’ but critical ideas from the “Social Story Archives’; 
  • Include new ideas, detail, and increased support for those who write Social Stories to eliminate wasted time in Story development and maximize the likelihood for a positive Story impact; 
  • Combine 7 types of Social Story Sentences into 2; 
  • Introduce new terms and their definitions and implications;  
  • Merge selected Social Stories 10.1 Criteria to add clarity, increase the emphasis given to important

                 Concepts to make room for a new Social Story Criterion.

The new 10.2 Social Story workshop builds on this updated foundation with:

  • Increased large group participation throughout the day (time is going to fly!); 
  • A shortened yet complete rationale that allows for more time for discussion and skill development; 
  • An opportunity to apply the workshop content to a known child, adolescent, or adult with autism individual      throughout the day; and 
  • A merging of research and rationale with the presentation of the Social Story criteria to emphasize the ties between the two; and 
  • Information about the previous Social Story 10.1 criteria to ensure that delegates are ‘fluent’ in both the 10.1 and 10.2 Criteria

Over the past two decades, Social Stories have earned the respect and enthusiastic affection of parents, professionals, and most importantly, people with autism.  Come to update your skills and understanding of Social Stories, or to discover the ever- expanding versatility and value of this incredible instructional strategy for the very first time.

Learning Outcomes 

At the close of the first day, participants will be able to…

  1. Outline the philosophy and research-based rationale of every Social Story;
  2. Explain how the Social Story goal may be used by any parent or professional to determine what is – and is not – a Social Story,
  3. List the 10 criteria that ensure the integrity and safety of every Story; 
  4. Define all Social Story terms; 
  5. Describe how research and philosophy create important ties between how a Story is researched, developed, and implemented; 
  6. Write a Social Story.  

At the close of the second day, participants will be able to….

  1. List the Social Stories 10.2 Criteria from memory and describe the differences between Social

Stories 10.1 and Social Stories 10.2;

  1. Show someone else how to conduct a Comic Strip Conversation; 
  2. Describe how to use My First Journal and the importance of ‘cross-context communication’ 
  3. Apply social context theory to the development of Social Stories that address a variety of skills, concepts, and      situations;  
  4. List tips for developing Social Stories that address life’s most difficult topics 
  5. Write a Social Story that applies detailed context theory to Story development.  

Time Ordered Agenda  

Most workshops break down into four sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.  The outcome letters below correspond to those in the previous learning outcomes list.  Since start and closing times for workshops vary, sponsors insert their own times for each session. 

9:30-10:30:  Outcomes a – b

10:50 – 12:30:  Outcomes c – e

1:15 – 2:30: Outcomes c – e cont. 

2:50 – 4:30: Outcomes c- f

 *A Social Story (Social Article for adults) accurately describes a situation, skill, or concept according to 10 defining criteria.  These criteria guide the research, development, and implementation of every Story to ensure an overall patient and supportive Story quality and experience, and a Story format, “voice,” and content that is descriptive, meaningful, and physically, socially, and emotionally safe for the child, adolescent, or adult with autism.   Originally called the Social Story Guidelines, the process of developing a Social Story has been periodically revised and reorganized to keep pace with on-going research, as well as experience with the approach.  In 2004, The Social Story Guidelines were organized into Social Stories 10.0, ten criteria that clearly defined what is – and what is not – a Social Story.  Nine years later, Social Stories 10.1 was introduced; the first major revision and reorganization of Social Stories 10.0, with Social Stories 10.2 released in May of this year.

• Day 2 only: Internet access and computers (participant laptops may be used)
SOCIAL STORIES & COMIC STRIP CONVERSATIONS High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD, Autistic like… Note: No video streaming allowed: Carol Gray™©

Classroom style

Note, Times and content may change at the directors discretion.  Start time 9.00 am. End Approx. 4.45 pm,



Carol Gray is the Director of The Gray Centre for Social Learning and Understanding, and for the last twenty years has served as a Consultant to Students with Autism for Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, Michigan, in the United States.  She has developed several strategies to teach social concepts and skills to children with ASD, and initiated the term “…social understanding” to bring attention to the curriculum that is pre-requisite to teaching social skills.  Carol developed the use of Social Stories in 1991, and the Comic Strip Conversations approach shortly thereafter.  Each year, Carol conducts several presentations and workshops throughout the United States and in other countries.  She is the recipient of the Barbara Lipinski Award for her international contribution to the welfare and education of children with autism spectrum disorders.

PLEASE NOTE: A film crew will be present during this training event.

PLEASE also NOTE: In 2010, The National Autism Center listed “story-based intervention package” (with Social Stories™ identified as the most well-known) as one of eleven established treatments for children on the autism spectrum (National Autism Center, 2010). National Autism Center. (2010). National Standards Project.

Venue: KLV Kettering Conference Leisure Village, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northants. UK

FEES include light buffet lunch each day and am/pm. refreshments. Coffee/tea on arrival.

If you wish to attend, please complete and return the application form, together with a cheque (or to be invoiced to?) made payable to S.F.T.A.H.:
Autism Independent UK.

TEL. OR FAX: 01536 523274

Upon receipt of your application and/or payment you will be sent further literature concerning the seminar, together with confirmation of your booking.

Application Form. Click here