~~~~CAN I GET A SOCIAL STORY CUSTOMIZED TO FIT MY CHILD'S SITUATION?~~~~
Yes! If you find a story on my website that fits your child or 'sort of' fits your child but need to make sure a specific issue is addressed, or something needs to be worded a certain way... PLEASE let me know. I am happy to make these minor changes to a book. In most cases the extra fee is under $5. But I can also write a custom story for your child, read on!
~~~~HOW DO I KNOW WHAT YOUR SOCIAL STORY SAYS?~~~~
Easy! Just take a few moments to look at the listing and read it. Then take a look at the photos. The photos are clear enough that you can read about half of the social story and get the feel of what the story is about, and maybe how it could be changed a bit to fit your child's circumstance. You can also surmise if the book reads either too old or too young for your child (and this can be changed too!).
~~~~WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SEVERAL ISSUES AND I WANT TO COMBINE THEM ALL IN ONE BOOK?~~~~
Umm, sorry no. Each book needs to address a specific topic and stay crystal clear on that topic. Most kids can't handle the input of several topics at once. So I can't make a combination book about 'Being a Good Friend-Not Hitting Myself-Going to the Eye Doctor' book. It would be confusing and not beneficial for a child in the least. So I need to break down the books into separate issues in order to adequately address them and input positive scripts regarding each issue.
~~~~WILL YOU WRITE A SOCIAL STORY FOR MY CHILD?~~~~
Sure, BUT... You must know that I will NEED your input. And probably a lot of it. You have to be able to give specifics about the issue/topic. I can't write a story if you just give me one sentence and say, "My child won't take a bath." or "Can you tell my kid how to play soccer?" What I will need to know from you is EXACTLY what (or as much as you can surmise) the problem is:
1) WHAT the issue is that your child is facing (i.e. hitting others, won't try new foods, moving to another house, etc.) Then I will need to know...
2) WHO is this book for? Is this for a boy or girl, what age, and what is their level of comprehension. This gives me some insight into whom I am working with.
3) WHY is this a concern (i.e. teachers are getting frustrated, need to prepare for an event, etc.) Then I would like you to tell me...
4) WHAT positive spin (or solution) do you want to give to your child (i.e. when you are frustrated instead of hitting others you will... go to your happy place, take a break, tell a teacher.)
While I do try to keep my writing happy and have a positive tone, I do need to make social stories accurate. Therefore, when the book is about a sensitive topic you also need to realize the importance of telling the absolute truth to your child. (For example, a story about Not Shouting In Class would need to include that it disturbs classmates, the teacher, etc. But also where it is Okay for your child to shout. It isn't that shouting is bad or wrong, but where you do it is very important.)
~~~~UGH, CAN'T YOU JUST WRITE THIS STORY FOR ME WITHOUT ALL THIS INFORMATION?~~~~
Boy, that would be miraculous wouldn't it? BUT A GREAT CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY HAS A LOT OF PARENTAL AND/OR TEACHER INPUT. I will be here to help guide and word things to get it right for your child. I can offer suggestions to help you develop your story and put it into words and pictures for your child. Only you know your child best and your input is priceless!
~~~~WHAT TOPICS DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?~~~~
Nothing is really off limits. But here are a few examples of custom stories topics: Not writing on the walls, moving to a new house, going on a family vacation, changing to a different bedroom, not peeing in the yard (or pooping), don't kiss strangers. Those are just a few from a very long list of stories.
~~~~HOW MUCH DOES A COMPLETE CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY COST?~~~~
In most cases a complete custom social story will be $20-$25 depending on the number of pages. That's a steal!! Considering I am going to spend anywhere from 2-6 hours creating your child's very special book.