Social storiesTM and comic strip conversations are ways to help people on the autism spectrum develop greater social understanding. Here, we'll tell you a bit more about these two techniques and how you can produce your own.

What are social stories?

Social storiesTM were created by Carol Gray in 1991 to help teach social skills to people on the autism spectrum. They are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.

What are comic strip conversations?

Comic strip conversations, also created by Carol Gray, are simple visual representations of the different levels of communication in a conversation. For example, they could show:

  • the things that are actually said in a conversation
  • how people might be feeling
  • what people's intentions might be.

Comic strip conversations use symbols, stick figure drawings and colour. By seeing the different elements of a conversation presented visually, some of the more abstract aspects of social communication (such as recognising the feelings of others) are made more 'concrete' and are therefore easier to understand.

The terms 'social story' and 'social stories' are trademarks originated and owned by Carol Gray. All rights reserved.