London workshop - 15 September 2016

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Leeds workshop - 19 September 2016

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Carol Gray will be delivering these one-day workshops on Social Stories in London and Leeds. Social Stories are an evidence-based practice in the field of autism. Often used with autistic individuals with moderate learning challenges to gifted academic ability, Social Stories are applicable for individuals with all levels of cognitive difficulties with adaptation and modification.

Over the past two decades, Social Stories have earned the respect and enthusiastic affection of parents, professionals, and most importantly, people on the autism spectrum. 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!

Course overview

This is a Social Stories 10.2 workshop. Social Stories 10.2 is the most recent version of the criteria that define what is, and what is not, a Social Story. Each participant receives a Social Stories 10.2 Certificate at the completion of the workshop day.

Social Stories are one of the most popular evidence-based instructional strategies for learners on the autism spectrum 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.

Dr Carol Gray

Carol Gray is a Consultant to children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum, providing support via workshops and presentations, information, referral, resources, and direct services for individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work on their behalf. She is an internationally sought-after keynote and seminar speaker, and has completed over 1,000 presentations. Carol is best known for the development of Social Stories, a well-respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people on the autism spectrum of all ages.

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 seven types of Social Story sentences into two
  • introduce new terms and their definitions and implications
  • merge selected Social Stories 10.1 criteria to add clarity and 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 throughout the day
  • a merging of research and rationale with the presentation of the Social Story criteria to emphasize the ties between the two
  • information about the previous Social Story 10.1 criteria to ensure that delegates are ‘fluent’ in both the 10.1 and 10.2 criteria.

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.
0900 – 1100: Outcomes a – b
1115 – 1245: Outcomes c – e
1330 – 1500: Outcomes c - e cont.
1515 – 1630: Outcomes c- f

Who should attend?

This workshop is for any parent, professional, family member, or friend who is working on behalf of one or more children, adolescents, or adults on the autism spectrum.

Benefits of attending

At the close of the workshop day, participants will be able to:

  • outline the philosophy and research-based rationale of every Social Story
  • explain how the Social Story goal may be used by any parent or professional to determine what is – and is not – a Social Story
  • list the 10.2 criteria that ensure the integrity and safety of every Story, while demonstrating ‘fluency’ and understanding of the 10.1 criteria
  • define all Social Story terms
  • describe how research and philosophy create important ties between how a Story is researched, developed, and implemented
  • write a Social Story.

Scheduled open training events

Date Location  Price  Book now 
15 September 2016  London  £185 + VAT  Book now
19 September 2016  Leeds  £185 + VAT  Book now 

Booking

To make an enquiry please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 1 then option 1 again or email training.enquiries@nas.org.uk 

To book or to amend a booking please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 2 then option 1 or email training.bookings@nas.org.uk.

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Additional information

Definition of a Social Story: A Social Story accurately describes a context, skill, achievement or concept according to 10 defining criteria. These criteria guide Story research, development, and implementation to ensure an overall patient and supportive quality, and a format, ‘voice’, content, and learning experience 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 ongoing 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 2014.