Developing Unique Social Stories as a Behavioural Intervention for an Eight-Year Old Boy with Asperger Syndrome

Vanderhoek, Arendina P. & Fielding-Barnsley, Ruth (2004) Developing Unique Social Stories as a Behavioural Intervention for an Eight-Year Old Boy with Asperger Syndrome. In Bartlett, Brendan, Bryer, Fiona, & Roebuck, Dick (Eds.) Educating: Weaving Research into Practice Volume Three, School of Cognition, Language, and Special Education Griffith University, Crown Plaza Surfers Paradise, pp. 194-210.


This case study examined the effectiveness of social story interventions for an eight-year old Chinese boy diagnosed with mild Asperger’s disorder in an international school in Hong Kong. A personalised approach based on Carol Grays (1994) Social Story Handbook was utilized. Social stories focus on teaching children with ASD the social cues and behaviours they need to know to interact with others in a socially appropriate manner. Specifically the following behaviours were targeted: calling out to the teacher, laughing inappropriately, repeating what the teacher said and frequent visits to the toilet. Pre-intervention observations were made over a one week period followed by a 2 week intervention which concluded with post-intervention observations over a one week period. After this brief intervention promising results were obtained particularly in calling out and inappropriate laughter. The learning support teacher who initiated this intervention has been successful in transferring these skills to the classroom teacher who continues to use the social stories on a daily basis.

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ID Code: 1235
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Asperger Syndrome, social skills, intervention, social stories, behaviour
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:05

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