Friday, October 23, 2009

Social story: Airplane ride


UPDATE:
The .ppt file has been uploaded to google docs, you can view and download it here:
Airplane Ride Social Story


I made this for the boys before our trip, thought it might be helpful to share.

New experiences, however fun or exciting, can be really stressful for Cuddlebug and Bearhug so the goal of this was to walk through what to expect step-by-step. With flying, I knew there would be a lot of steps involved and wanted to help them transition as smoothly as possible from one area to the next as we went through the process of getting checked in, going through security, finding our gate, waiting, boarding, etc. The fewer surprises the better :).

I put the pages together in powerpoint and then printed them out with each slide taking up half a page. Then I cut the pages and stapled the edges to make little booklets. They didn't actually spend a whole lot of time looking at the booklets but having thought through all the steps helped me to be prepared to talk them through everything as we moved from one step to the next.

















If anyone wants the .ppt file so you can adapt it for your own family just send me a note or leave a comment, I'd be happy to share it.






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46 comments:

Tripacerchick on October 24, 2009 at 2:27 AM said...

Awesome! I love the way you described it for the boys. I hope they enjoyed their trip! If you ever bring them up here, I wonder how big that book will be ;)

Trish on October 24, 2009 at 11:48 AM said...

Fantastic social story! I love the idea to use Powerpoint for it too. :)

rhemashope on October 24, 2009 at 9:44 PM said...

I've heard lots about social stories, but never actually seen one. This is great! I bet others could definitely benefit from it. Good job, Mama!

CC on October 25, 2009 at 6:55 PM said...

Awesome job!!! Did you check things off as you went along so it wasn't quite as long and overwhelming at first glance?

Julie on October 25, 2009 at 8:31 PM said...

This is awesome and you thought of so many extra things that I would have forgotten about if I were to make one of these! We're not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, but I saved this in case I ever need it. =)

Patty O. on October 25, 2009 at 9:00 PM said...

Wow! You amaze me!

Tricia on September 2, 2010 at 7:10 AM said...

Thank you so much for posting this - and for making the file available! You've made my boys' first airplane trip that much easier.

Esty on February 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM said...

Hi, this looks really great..would you mind emailing it to me so that i can customize it for our trip. THANK YOU.

pesty6@juno.com

David on May 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM said...

I would love for you to email this to me so I can customize it.

Thanks

vze4w5rj@verizon.net

Unknown on July 7, 2011 at 12:19 AM said...

Hi. Thanks SO much for posting this story. It's exactly what we need and I am wondering if you could somehow email me a link to it so I can remove ads and increase the print/pics. Can you help us?

danette on July 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM said...

@unknown - your comment has the "no-reply" blogger email address so I can't send it, but there is a link at the top of the post to download. Hope this helps!

Eric Hintz on July 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM said...

Excellent Story! Just was I was looking for...can you please send the file so we can adjust for our family? emma_hintz@hotmail.com Thanks!

Mari Smith on January 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM said...

I would love a email to customize my flight.

mari.smith@yahoo.com

Christina on January 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM said...

Hi! This is great
Could you send me the document to cryan9712@gmail.com

Christina on January 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM said...

This is great!
Could you send me the document at
cryan9712@gmail.com

Thanks :)

Christina on January 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM said...

Hi! This is great
Could you send me the document to cryan9712@gmail.com

Early Foundations on February 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM said...

I would love to adapt this story for a student of mine. Can you send it to me at jbradfor@sowashco.k12.mn.us

Early Foundations on February 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM said...

I would love to adapt this story for a student of mine. Can you send it to me at jbradfor@sowashco.k12.mn.us

Early Foundations on February 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM said...

I would love to adapt this story for a student of mine. Can you send it to me at jbradfor@sowashco.k12.mn.us

Gretchen on February 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM said...

This is wonderful, do you mind sending me the file so I can adjust it for one of the the kids I work with. Thank you, Gretchen gas1@buffalo.edu

Gretchen on February 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM said...

This is wonderful! Would you mind sending me the file so I can adjust it for a student I work with? Thank you,
Gretchen
gretchen.swartzenberg@gmail.com

Erin on March 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM said...

That was a great story, could you send me the ppt to ethom@aware-inc.org so I can adapt it for some families I work with?

Michelle on March 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM said...

Hi, Thanks for sharing this! could you please email it to me:mywifeymykidft@gmail.com Thank you

Unknown on March 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM said...

Thank you for sharing this. Pls email it to me at mywifeymykidft@gmail.com Thank you.

sbn slp on September 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM said...

This is a great social story for airplane prep for ALL kids! I really appreciate it. Some of our trip will vary and I would love to be able to edit to meet my needs in traveling with my granddaughters but I am not sure I have much time to change it around for now. I will use yours and adapt for later and offer this for parents of my clients....You are so cool to have shared this. Thank you. Susan B. Nachimson, SLP sbnslp@gmail.com

sbn slp on September 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM said...

Great social story for children for flying! I sent a comment but not sure it was sent. I would appreciate a copy that I can adapt for my particulars. I will share this with colleagues and families of my clients who would benefit. This is great for ALL children not just those with special needs..Thank you so much.
Susan, SLP and grandma traveling with first time child flyers!

Ashli Lagerhausen on October 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM said...

This is absolutely excellent. I'm studying to be an SLP and I am using a modified version of this for my client, thanks so much for posting this! Excellent thinking with putting it in a powerpoint as well... we'll be using it on the SmartBoard!

Ashli Lagerhausen on October 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM said...

This is absolutely excellent. I'm studying to be an SLP and I am using a modified version of this for my client, thanks so much for posting this! Excellent thinking with putting it in a powerpoint as well... we'll be using it on the SmartBoard!

Melissa M on January 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM said...

Love that I just googled "airplane social story" and found this! So helpful that you let us download it! I will personalize to our trip now. Thanks so much!

Melissa M on January 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM said...

I loved that I just googled "Airplane social story" and found this page! Thanks so much for allowing us to download - now I can personalize it for our upcoming Disney trip! (Which I'm terrified of.)

novalski on February 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM said...

What a wonderful presentation! May I please have the ppt file? Thank you so very much!

ericksonkj@staffordschools.net

novalski on February 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM said...

What a great presentation! May I please have a copy of the ppt file? Thank you so much!

ericksonkj@staffordschools.net

Erika on February 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM said...

Thank you for sharing. This will help our whole family as we take our first plane trip to Disney!

Erika on February 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM said...

Thank you for sharing. This will help our whole family as we take our first plane trip to Disney!

lovemanytrustfew on March 27, 2013 at 12:21 AM said...

Thank you! I love you for sharing this! I've been able to download and adapt for my boy as we are heading off on a 4 hour flight tonight and anything that might help him, is wonderful. So glad I found it and tanks so much for being so generous. I'll be sharing my adapted version with a link to your original post. :)

Kitty on April 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM said...

I love the story.
Our family is traveling, and I wouldlike the pptfile ;)

Kitty on April 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM said...

I love it, it is so good.
So simple
Could you send me the powerpoint file
Thanks

danette on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM said...

Hi Kitty - when I tried to send I got a "noreply" blogger email address... if you want to send me your email I'll be happy to send the file, or there is a link at the top of the post where you can download it. Thanks!

Unknown on June 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM said...

Thank you for this! I just copied and pasted the individual images that pertained to our trip into a Word document and printed. It's perfect for us as I am flying with my two twins on the autism spectrum along with their little brother for the first time this weekend! Thanks again for taking the time to share this with us!

texastwins on July 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM said...

please, please, please can you send me this social story about riding on a plane so I can adapt it for my son??? We are leaving next week!! THANK YOU!!

danette on July 27, 2013 at 3:03 AM said...

@texastwins - I tried to respond but got the "no-reply" blogger email so I couldn't... if you send me your email address at 3runningincircles [at] gmail [dot] com I'll be happy to send it, or the link to download it is at the top of the post.

Thanks, and best of luck for your trip!

Erin Bonniface on November 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM said...

Wow thankyou so much, my son is flying to Auz to see his Dad so this is such a good story. I will print it and change the words and pictures to suit my son.

Thankyou :-)
Erin

stacey durkin on March 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM said...

HI! Can you email me the PDF? Love the detail in the story!

Stacey D

stacey durkin on March 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM said...

HI! Love the story! Can you please email me the PDF? I would love to adapt it for one of my guys.
Thank you!

stacey durkin on March 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM said...

HI! Can you email me the PDF? Love the detail in the story!

Stacey D

Catie Panossian on May 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM said...

This is fantastic. Would you mind sending me a copy so I can adjust it for my son! We are going on a plane in 2 weeks and I'm a bit nervous how it is going to Go! my email is catie@iinet.net.au

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