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Social Narratives for Clinic Visits

ILEND social narratives for clinic visits (3,153KB) [download]

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

In children with developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders, a visit to an interdisciplinary clinic for evaluation or treatment can cause anxiety. Two Iowa LEND trainees have developed social narratives, one for each discipline in our clinic. These will be posted to our website so parents can read them to children before their appointment and they will also be available to read in the waiting room. The attached PowerPoint presentation introduces the concept of the social narratives and provides an example for one discipline at our facility.

The Iowa LEND speech-language pathology trainees have been exposed to the use of social narratives in their graduate course curriculum, prior to their involvement in this activity as LEND trainees. Social narratives are interventions that describe social situations in some detail by highlighting relevant cues and offering examples of appropriate responding. Following creation of social narratives, LEND trainees are required to use them in the clinic with appropriate patients. The social narratives are also available on the CDD website, to help parents prepare their children before visits.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

  • Trainees will be able to identify evidenced-based information associated with social narratives and cite the literature.
  • Trainees will be able to identify the skills or intervention goals addressed by social narratives. 
  • Trainees will be able to identify settings in which social narratives are effective 
  • Trainees will demonstrate a working knowledge of the appropriate populations (etiologies & age range) benefiting from use of social narratives.
  • Trainees will become competent in generating appropriate social narratives.

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