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I Can't Do That!

I Can't Do That!
My Social Stories to Help with Communication, Self-Care and Personal Skills

Second Edition

September 2010 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are you teaching or supporting students with special educational needs (SEN) who are struggling with social rules and conventions? This book introduces you to the concept of social stories which are a positive and practical way to help children with these difficulties.

The new edition of this book has over 90 examples of social stories, including over 30 new stories and also contains a new section on:

- why social stories are important

- how to use them in your setting

- how to write your own social stories.

Suitable for use with children of any age, the book includes examples for those children with language delays, communication difficulties, difficult behaviour, antisocial behaviour as well as those with autism.

Broken down into 8 sections it is easy to find an example suitable for the situation you are facing so you can work together with the child to create their personal story.

A great book for any setting, the stories are practical and achievable, the language is down to earth and believable, and the subjects include those that we are often embarrassed to deal with. A must-have for the SEN practitioner.

How to Use this Book
How to Use a Social Story
Writing Your Own Stories
Smelly Pants

Wiping my Bottom

I Like To Feel Safe in the Toilet

When I Go To The Toilet

I Get Worried About Going to the Toilet

Taking My Clothes Off

I Used To Like Sucking My Thumb

Spitting at People is Wrong

I Sneeze A Lot!

Making Noises with my Body Upsets People

Why Do I Have To Keep Clean and Tidy?

When is it OK to Touch my Body?

I Can Sleep By Myself

What I Do in the Night Time

When I Go Home From School

Crossing the Road

I Like To Go Out in the Car

Why We Have Traffic Lights

I Like Collecting Money!

When Should I Eat?

How Much Should I Eat?

I Need to Get Fitter

Why We Eat Oranges

I Can Choose Different Meals

I Like Sweet Things!

I Want It Now!

Why Do They Wind Me Up?

I Need to Have Time Out

Sometimes I Get Told Off


What Happens When I Don't Want To Do It?

Why We Have School Rules

What Happens When I Lose?

Who's That Sitting In My Chair?

Having a Chat

I Like Putting my Hand Up

Mucking About!

What Do People Talk About?

Who Can I Touch?

Good Touching and Bad Touching

I Like To Sit Close

Why I Shouldn't....Hitting, Nipping, Squeezing and Scratching

I Will Try Not To Keep Butting In

I Keep Calling Out The Answers

Nobody Will Steal My Things

When I Meet People

I Like Looking into My Friends' Classrooms

Why I Shouldn't Take Things That Don't Belong to Me

Why Do People Praise Me?

Throwing Things is Not Safe

Working with Other People

In My School We Are All Different

Sharing My Stuff with Friends

I Want Someone to Play With

I Can Have More Than One Friend

Finding a Friend


Sharing the Toys

I Come to School on the Minibus

Me and My Sister

Science will be OK

I Am a Writing Machine

When we Line Up at Lunchtime

I Can Queue Too!

I Know How to Sit and Stand Nicely

Wet Playtime

When the Lights Go Out

What Names to Use in School

Why Grown Ups Have Meetings

Why Do We Do Warm-ups?

Long Jump

Anybody Can Carry the Ball

Getting Changed for PE

When we do Ball Games

What Happens if I Lose Stuff?


I Like Some Teachers More Than Others

How To Deal with Mistakes

My Assistant Helps Other People Too

Why Do I Do Different Work from Other People?

It's OK to have Help

I Can Ask for Help

What if I Can't Do It?

I Like to Finish My Work

Working by Myself

When I Don't Understand Things?

When we Have a Test

I Don't Need to Hide My Work

How Much Do I Have to Do?

My Teacher Asks Lots of Questions

I Like to do Pictures

Who Helps Me with my Homework?


'This continues to be a very helpful resource for parents and professionals working with children with a range of social communication difficulties. Particularly useful, besides the examples of social stories provided, are the additional features, including how to use them, how to write your own and the further reading lists' Sarah Worth, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Cheshire Autism Support and Development Team

Praise for the first edition:

'This is an effective practical resource that provides a wide range of strategies for supporting children and young people in a variety of contexts. It is also very useful for people who are just beginning to use social stories. John Ling has used knowledge, skills and experience gained from good practice to create a quality resource' - Special

'Helpful for all sorts of other children, those with delayed language development, dysfunctional family backgrounds and those lacking confidence.' - Behaviour UK

Sample Materials & Chapters

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