Coping with changes social stories

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Coping With Changes

Changes to our routine

Many people like their day to follow a predictable pattern or routine. This makes them feel safe knowing that there will not be any unpleasant surprises. It is OK to like the same routine.

Unfortunately sometimes there are changes to our routine. These can make us feel anxious because we are not sure what we need to do. It is OK to feel a bit anxious when things change.

When things change there are things we can do to feel better:

We can try to accept the change, we might like it
We can use a calming strategy, like breathing slowly
We can tell someone we feel uncomfortable
We can remember that we have coped with changes before

Changes to our routine can make us uncomfortable but we will be OK.

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My Day Is Different

I like it best when everything in my day is like it normally is. I often don't like it when my day is different.

My day can change for lots of reasons. When something changes I can sometimes feel anxious. I might want things to go back to the way they were. I know that usually this can not happen.

When my day changes I can try to stay calm and be OK about it. I can help myself by:

trying not to worry
doing a calming activity
asking for extra help if I need it
telling an adult if I feel unhappy
thinking about other times when I coped when my day was different

Changes to my day can make me feel uncomfortable. I can try to stay calm and I will be OK.

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Use the above examples to help you create your own social stories matched to your child's specific needs. If you need to modify the vocabulary to make the language more accessible try to avoid losing precise meaning. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. These examples are available in a printable format below.

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Changes to our routine

Changes to our routine social story

A print out version of the Changes To Our Routine social story example above.

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My Day Is Different

My day is different social story

A print out version of the My Day Is Different social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Asking For Help Social Stories

Calming Strategies

Social Story Examples

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