For many children going swimming for the first time can be a daunting experience, for autistic children it can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. Supporting an autistic child in advance of a new experience such a going to the swimming pool and learning what to expect is essential.
Having received a request recently from a parent through my Instagram page, I designed two social stories covering the same them of going to swimming and what to expect at the pool using differing wording for each one.
Going To The Swimming Pool – Social Story
The resource is 36 pages in total and comes with two social stories on the same topic using differing word on the cover of each story to support differing levels of understanding and autistic interpretation of language.
This resource goes through the a visit to the swimming pool in a step by step manor, highlighting information that the swimmer needs to be aware of such as rules, safety, asking for help, clothing, interacting, fun activities and so much more.
The social story is created in a page by page format so you may include or exclude pages as you see fit and place them in which ever order you prefer. You can include or exclude pages as you see fit and place them in the order that suits your intended goal.
Use a laminator to ensure longevity of use.
Print and laminate each sheet of the Social Story, cutting down the center line there after. Attach book rings to create a book format.
Sit down with your child at a time they are relaxed and engaged. Read through the story and encourage any questions they may have. For students who may not be able to read, read the story for them and use the visual icons to help your child/student understand the different issues highlighted.
Ensure you keep your tone calm, relaxed and open to hearing/understanding any worries or anxieties your student/child may have. Use each page as a jumping off point for other worries your child may be feeling.