Great piece. Very thought-provoking.
I have worked supporting teenagers with Autism, before I knew that I was a part of their tribe.
I was amazed by the power of social stories. These are short, fact filled narratives that explain upcoming events.
One young man I worked with could not cope with change of any kind, even something simple like a different poster on the wall would send him into a catastrophic meltdown.
This young man’s family were struggling to cope and social services agreed to provide care for him once a week so they could rest and connect as a family. It was my job to tell him that on Friday he was not going home to his home, to his family, to the house he had slept in every night since he was born, but was going to a place he’d never seen to stay with people he didn’t know.
(It would be…
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