This resource contains two social stories: “The School Bus” – which is a social story created to help your student or child to understand the steps involved in taking a bus to school. The second social story “Going home on the bus” is a social story created to help your student understand the process of travelling home from school on the bus. For many children with additional needs. transitions from school to home and home to school can be a stressful anxiety inducing time. Using the social stories within this resource will help your student/child to better understand what is and will happen when they travel to and from school on the bus.
Social Stories™ are a method of communication between a student with autism and the professional/parent. They are used as a means of clearly communicating information about a context, skill or concept in a way that is meaningful to someone with autism. This creates clarity and predictability for the student and can subsequently reduce anxiety and improve the ability to cope in different contexts and experiences.
Sit down with your child at a time they are relaxed and engaged. Read through the story and encourage any questions they may have. For students who may not be able to read, read the story for them and use the visual icons to help your child/student understand what their daily routine will be like once they start going to school. I would recommend reading this story daily in advance of school starting.
Ensure you keep your tone calm, relaxed and open to hearing/understanding any worries or anxieties your student/child may have. Use each page as a jumping off point for other worries your child may be feeling.
Encourage your child or student to use the interactive visual icons on pages 1 to add the correct matching icon as referred to on each page.
Topics covered within both Social Stories include:
- Waiting safely for the bus
- The bus driver and bus escort
- Saying goodbye, getting on the bus
- Staying seated safely on the bus
- Other children on the bus
- Travelling to school
- Arriving at school
- Exiting the bus safely
- Entering school safely
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