Using The Bathroom - Social Story
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A social story provides a step by step explanation of the expected process of accessing a public bathroom, using the facilities and exiting the toilet.
For many children there is a lot of anxiety associated with accessing bathrooms outside their home. Many children are fearful and unsure of what are the steps involved.
The steps involved in the Social Story include:
•Knocking on a Bathroom Door to check if someone else is already using the bathroom.
•Entering The Bathroom and Closing the Door.
•Using the toilet.
•Using Toilet Paper.
•Flushing the toilet.
•Using the bin.
•Disposing of the hand towel.
•Using the bin.
•Exiting the Bathroom.
The social story is created in a page by page format so you may include or exclude pages as you see fit and place them in which ever order you prefer.
Use a laminator to ensure longevity of use.
Print and laminate each sheet of the Social Story, cutting down the centre line there after. Attach book rings to create a book format.
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 the different steps involved.
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.