Firework Social Stories

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Firework Social Stories

Three different examples are given to show how social stories can be adapted to meet the individual needs of the child.

Fireworks 1

Fireworks are small rockets that explode in the air to make exciting patterns of colour and sound.

People across the world use fireworks to celebrate important events in history. Sometimes these are national celebrations like Independence Day and the New Year. Sometimes these may just be a particular community like Chinese New Year or Diwali.

Fireworks can be very loud and sometimes they can be frightening when you hear a sudden loud bang. Most people enjoy seeing and hearing the fireworks but not everyone. Pets and other animals can be easily scared by fireworks. Some people also find that they are just too loud and frightening.

When it is fireworks night people who do not like them stay indoors. Closing the curtains or blinds can help with the bright flashes that fireworks make. It is usually a lot quieter inside but there can still be a lot of loud bangs that can be heard. Some people find that putting on headphones and listening to music or watching a TV programme can help them stay relaxed.

Fireworks are usually safe to use and watch as long as people stand back and follow instructions. Some people prefer to watch fireworks from inside as they feel safer. Fireworks can also make strong smells that some people find unpleasant. Again staying indoors can help reduce these smells and if outside standing further away and upwind may also help.

Fireworks are a fun way of celebrating an important event. They make exciting patterns of light and sound in the night sky. Fireworks are safe when used sensibly. Most people like watching fireworks but they can also be scary for lots of children, adults and animals. Staying indoors is a sensible way of helping to stay calm when fireworks are going off.

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Fireworks 2

Fireworks are small rockets that explode in the night sky to make exciting patterns of colour and sound.

People use fireworks to celebrate important events. Most people enjoy seeing and hearing fireworks displays. Liking fireworks is OK.

Fireworks make bright flashes, very loud bangs and can be smelly. This can be very frightening for lots of children, adults and animals. Feeling a bit scared is OK. Not liking fireworks is also OK.

If we don't like fireworks we can stay indoors and close the curtains or blinds. Doing a favourite activity may help. Some people find that listening to music, TV or a story can help.

If we are a bit scared of fireworks but want to see them that is OK. We can watch them safely from indoors through the window.

Some people like fireworks and some people don't. This is OK. Some people like the bright flashes that fireworks make and some people don't. This is OK. Some people like the loud noises that fireworks make and some people don't. This is also OK. It is important for you to feel calm and safe. Telling a parent or teacher how you feel about fireworks can help.

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Fireworks 3

Fireworks make patterns of colour in the sky.

Fireworks are lit on special days.

Fireworks make bright flashes and very loud bangs.

Fireworks are fun but they can be scary.

Some people like fireworks and some people don’t.

Fireworks are safe when we listen to instructions given by adults.

We are safe when we stand away from fireworks and bonfires.

If we find the fireworks too loud we can cover our ears or go indoors.

If we find the fireworks too bright we can stand further away, wear sunglasses or go indoors.

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Use the above examples to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. These examples are available in a printable format below.

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Fireworks 1

Fireworks 1

A print out version of the Fireworks 1 example given above.

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Fireworks 2

Fireworks 2

A print out version of the Fireworks 2 example given above.

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Fireworks 3

Fireworks 3

A print out version of the Fireworks 3 example given above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Social Story Introduction

Social Story Examples

Social Story Resources

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