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3 Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Social Stories10.3 - A Carol Gray Social Story Workshop presented by Catherine Faherty, of Team Social Stories

Social Stories™* (Social Articles for adults) have helped individuals with autism of all ages understand and respond effectively to daily interactions and events. The earliest roots of Social Stories extend to efforts to help secondary students with autism succeed in vocational experiences in the community; giving Social Stories a sound philosophy and timeless practical value. Today, Social Stories are an evidence-based practice used with individuals with social communication disorders worldwide. Despite the popularity of Social Stories, parents and professionals often miss opportunities to write ‘that one Story that makes all the difference’ or neglect to systematically employ them throughout an individual’s lifespan.

Dates:01, 08 and 15 Dec 2021 (Wed)
Time:8.00am - 11.00am (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty has been immersed in the world of autism since the 1980’s when she first was a special education teacher for children with autism in University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill TEACCH-affiliated classroom. She later worked as an autism specialist with TEACCH, supporting - and learning from - hundreds of children and adults, and their families. She has trained teachers nationally and internationally as a TEACCH Lead Teacher and Trainer, and later as an independent consultant and trainer on a variety of topics related to autism. Catherine has written ground breaking books for children and adults with autism, including Autism…What Does It Mean To Me? Future Horizons 2014, with the first edition being in 2000 with the title Aspergers…What Does It Mean To Me?) Her book Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life, Future Horizons 2008, was named Autism Society Book of the Year in 2009. Catherine speaks with respect, passion, and gratitude from her nearly forty years of experience working and supporting autistic children and adults. She is one of a handful of people in the world whom Carol Gray has personally invited to teach Social Stories. There is a fundamental need for everyone to have information about life’s circumstances and situations, and your presenter, Catherine Faherty, is committed to nurturing greater understanding about all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their teachers, therapists, friends, and family members.

Course Outline

Using lecture, discussion, and activities, this webinar series demonstrate the value of Social Stories throughout the lifespan as participants learn to develop Social Stories for those in their care. The training will discuss the state of the art (and science) with examples of Social Stories all the while building self-esteem and supporting generalization. Participants will gain the most current understanding of the Social Stories 10.3 Criteria, ten characteristics that define what a Social Story is (and what it is not). They will also learn new Social Story topics and strategies to make Social Stories work harder and longer for each person with autism from first steps through adulthood.

Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the term Social Story;
  2. Describe the Social Story philosophy and rationale
  3. List the Social Stories 10.3** Criteria;
  4. Explain the difference between a Social Story and a story;
  5. List 5 common Social Story misconceptions;
  6. Summarize five case examples of Social Stories that teach life skills;
  7. Explain how Social Stories improve parent and professional responses to – and interactions with – individuals with autism;
  8. Research, write, and illustrate a genuine Social Story.
  9. Research and write a “Praise” Story for their student, child, adult, or family member.
Who Can Benefit?

For any parent, professional, family member, or friend who is working on behalf of one or more children, adolescents, or adults with autism. (Each delegate will write two Social Stories as part of this webinar. A signed Certificate of Completion will be given to those who attend all three sessions and submit their Social Stories as assigned)

* 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.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
30 Sep 2021 880
Normal Till Full 980