Social Stories to Address School Routines

We’re sharing how to use social stories to address typical school routines as well as how to adapt to changes in routine.

Throughout the school year, various routines may become part of your child’s typical week, such as riding the school bus, changing classes, and lunchtime clean up. Additionally, those routines may change like when there is a two-hour delay caused by inclement weather or during holidays when students are on break.

These are a great tool for parents, caregivers, and educators!

The special education resources on this page were authored by Watson Institute’s special education consultants and faculty.

These behavior stories may benefit your students.  They can be downloaded, saved and edited to suit your needs.  The * notation indicates the story is  formatted in a Power Point presentation and the ** notation indicates a Power Point with sound narration.  Each Power Point has animation included on each slide.  Some occur automatically – some occur on a “click”.  Feel free to send comments or questions to [email protected].

Going to School

Saying Hello at School

What is a Lockdown Drill?

Two Hour Delays*

School Assemblies

Substitute Teachers*

Life Can Feel Unfair*

Life can Feel Unfair – Lunchtime


Sometimes Things Change

Going to a New School

Riding the Bus*

Riding the Bus

Riding on the Bus (special interest – Planets)

My New Summer School


Field Trip to Kennywood

Changing Classes Rhyme

Leaving the Classroom

School and Holidays*

Indoor Recess

When I’m Done with my Drink

Clean Up Time

This resource was authored by Watson Institute Special Education Consultant, Lisa Plastino, M.Ed. 

If you have questions or concerns about the Watson Institute’s use of this information, please contact us.