I Can’t Do That!

‘I can’t do that!’  A collection of social stories for children with special needs, to help with communication, self-care, and personal skills.

‘When it is lunchtime, we all go to the hall.
We make a line and wait.
Because there are lots of hungry children, we cannot all get our food at the same time.
We stand in a line and talk quietly.
We try not to muck about or touch each other.
This makes it easier for the grown-ups to look after us.
Our line moves along until it is our turn to go in.
Then we go in and eat our lunch.
I will try to stand quietly in the line.
I will try not to touch the other children.
Then we will all feel safe.’

Extract from “I can’t do that!”
Typical social story for a child who doesn’t get the rules for school lunch.

I can’t do that!
Written by John Edward Ling.
Based in Manchester.
Published by  Lucky Duck, 2006.


Social Stories for Kids in Conflict

A practical guide to help young people improve their behaviour.

Designed to help all those who work and/or live with young people who have difficulties with their behaviours and relationships with others. This book is a practical guide to help young people become more aware of their behaviour and its effect on other people.

Focusing on communication, the unblocking of channels, the breaking down of barriers, the righting of wrongs, making amends, restorative justice, and mediation. The book includes:

  • Dialogues used by a neutral person to highlight difficulties and possible changes in behaviour.
  • Cartoons and other visual techniques that can be used to present alternative ways to discuss problems.
  • Examples of social stories covering personal stuff, daily routines, home life, social skills, homework, work, and playtime, PE, and games, as well as a guide to writing your own social stories.
  • PowerPoint presentation for staff, parents, and carers.

Developed from work with children and young people with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and related conditions, as well as troubled young people with no named condition. The ideas and techniques can be used and modified to help all young people to become more aware of their behaviour and its effect on other people.

Social Stories for Kids in Conflict
Written by John Edward Ling.
Speechmark, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0-86388-760-4.

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