10 Free Printable Social Stories for Kids

Teaching everyday skills through stories.

Printable social stories books for kids called I Can Join an Activity, I Can Keep My Hands and Feet to Myself, and I Can Be Safe During a Fire Drill.
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Social stories are a learning tool that helps communicate information to children with disabilities, including autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. These stories are most often used with autistic children to help them learn how to approach and act in situations like fire drills, exchanges with peers, or how to handle emotions. It’s important to have social stories for kids that you can personalize, and we’ve got you covered with a free printable bundle of 10 social stories!

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What are social stories?

The idea is that autistic children or children with intellectual disabilities need explicit instruction in what to do in social situations because they may not read social cues. So, stories about how to introduce themselves or share can teach these skills that other kids learn more intuitively. And social stories that tell kids how to handle routines, like fire drills, can help them anticipate what’s coming up so they can respond appropriately.

Social stories need to clearly show:

  • The setting or event
  • Things that typically happen in that setting or event
  • Actions or behaviors that are expected in that setting or event
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Then, the student can explain what will happen and follow the steps during the real-world event.

How do I use a social story?

The key to using social stories is to present them just before the situation arises. For example, a child will review a social story about how to talk with a peer in the cafeteria before they go to the cafeteria. Then, they can apply the steps they learned, including phrases to use to start a conversation, when they go into the cafeteria.

Tips for using a social story

Personalized, relevant, and applicable social stories work best.

  • Create the story with the student, using images the student can understand and photos where appropriate.
  • Read the story just before the event that they describe.
  • Remind the student of the story’s key points. Talk about: What does the story tell us to do?

As the student learns the skill, you can phase out the story or create a more advanced story to tackle the next skill.

What’s included in the Social Stories for Kids bundle?

We’ve developed a bundle of 10 social stories that you can personalize and print to help students:

Give personal space

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Give Others Personal Space.
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Stay safe during fire drills

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Be Safe During a Fire Drill.
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Keep hands and feet to self

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Keep My Hands and Feet to Myself.
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Manage anger

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Calm Down When I'm Angry.
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Be a friend

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Be a Friend.
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Join in an activity

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Join an Activity.
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Take turns (share)

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Share.
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Tell the truth

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Tell the Truth.
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Ask for help

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Ask for Help.
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Wait their turn

Printable social stories book for kids called I Can Wait.
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Grab your free printable Social Stories for Kids bundle

Download all the stories, and personalize them for your students by taking photos or using our images to show students what’s expected. Then, it’s time to teach!

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