This social story is designed to help support children who are struggling with eating food and trying new foods. It refers to children taking a dislike to the colour, smell or look of food and helps children to think about ways to overcome this by taking it slowly and gradually touching and smelling the food and bringing it close to their face before tasting it.
The point of a social story is to use a patient and reassuring tone to teach children about social situations in a way that can be easily understood. Social stories can be useful for any child who is struggling to understand a situation or concept or needs help to understand a social skill or social cue, expectations, perspectives, common responses or is troubled about an upcoming event but social stories are particularly useful for children on the autistic spectrum for whom social cues can be challenging and who often suffer anxiety if they do not know what to expect from a situation.
These books should be used over and over to reinforce the point so I would suggest either putting the pages into a display book or laminating and binding them.
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