You might have heard the teachers talking about social stories over the last few weeks, or had a folder sent home with a story for your child. We have been hard at work creating social stories for each child at Buckle My Shoe West Village! Social stories are a way of helping children learn, especially concepts that might be challenging. Because children learn through visual aids, repetition, and stories, we thought we would create an individualized story for each child. Almost all of the stories are done and the ones we have started reading have been influential. On our curriculum morning Friday, we will be presenting on all of the social stories we have made and how they relate to our focus of identity for the last few months. We hope to see you there!
I come from a therapeutic background. My last year of graduate school studying Dance/Movement therapy, I interned and then worked in a therapeutic preschool. One thing that I saw work time and time again for even the most difficult children was social stories. Starting at BMS, I wanted to bring the wonderful therapeutic power of social stories to these children, even though this is a very different setting than a school only for special needs kids. After all, we can all benefit from a little individualized help and guidance! Since our school is small, we have been able to spend time really personalizing each social story to match up with goals that we have for the children; things like having listening ears, sitting during lunch time, or learning colors. It's been great speaking with so many of you over the phone and in person to come up with those goals together.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about the social stories or new goals for your child. The social stories are an ongoing project- things can always be added to them!
We can't wait to see you on Friday for the breakfast.