Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can be used to teach someone what to expect or how to behave in a particular setting.
Because no situation is the same, it may be helpful to talk to your child about how their restaurant experience might be different from the story below. For example, in this story there is a host and a waitress, but in real life their may be a hostess and/or a waiter. Other restaurant staff may be present as well, such as a bus boy/bus girl.
You also may want to practice “restaurant behavior” (as taught in this book) at home first, before going to the restaurant. This can help your child learn and practice the expectations, which will make him/her more likely to succeed on the actual trip.
You can PRINT THIS STORY to read with your child.
Once printed, the story is interactive, in that your child can use the designated boxes to write or draw in if they like.
You can make your own social story by using real pictures of your child/family or pictures from Google Images.
Recommended Social Stories:
All About Going to School (to help a child prepare for the school day)
I Am Going to the Doctor (to help children prepare for doctor’s appointment; can be used with adults too; good for people with fear, anxiety, or resistance at check-ups)
I Am Going to the Dentist (to prepare children for dental appointments)
I Hate the Word No (a story to teach Kids to calmly respond to the word no)
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