Social Stories - Change in Routine

Updated: 8/22/2018
Social Stories - Change in Routine
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Social Stories for Transitions and Unexpected Events

by Natasha Lupiani

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), along with many other diagnoses, thrive on routine and structure. Routine is not always possible. Sometimes a transition or an unexpected event occurs and changes a routine. Incorporating social stories about common upcoming transitions and unexpected events can help prepare students and reduce anxiety for change.


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Storyboard Description

Special Ed Social Stories for Transitions - Timmy is a school age boy with Autism. His mom picks him up everyday after school and takes him home. Today Timmy's mom has to take him to the doctor after school. He is anxious about not being able to go right home after school since Timmy doesn't not like a change in his routine.

Storyboard Text

  • LEAVE SCHOOL
  • Mom is going to take me to the doctor today instead of going straight home.
  • DRIVE TO DOCTOR'S OFFICE
  • SEE THE DOCTOR
  • The doctor needs to check me out, then I will go home.
  • DRIVE HOME
  • ARRIVE HOME
  • That was not bad at all. I still came home after school was over. I just had to go somewhere else first.
  • Timmy's mom picks him up from school just like every other day.
  • Timmy and his mom are in the car after school, driving to his doctor's appointment.
  • Timmy is at his doctor's appointment, and everything is okay.
  • Timmy and his mom are on their way home now. It's only a little later than he normally gets home.
  • Timmy has done all the things he needed to do.