Our Au-Some Social Story

A fun place where I can play and learn with my family

Explore & More is a fun place where I can play and learn. This is a museum made just for children and their families. If I remember to use gentle hands, walking feet and my indoor voice, I can touch, play and explore many different areas and objects.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

After our drive, we will walk up some stairs and go through a door.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

Now we follow the signs. I follow the red arrow and go right.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

Now we go left. See the little girl? Follow her pointed finger.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I see some ants on the wall. They look very busy. I will be busy playing nicely here too. I’m almost there!

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

We made it! Here is the door. I see the train!

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I wait quietly while we check in at the Admission Desk. There are nice people here to help us.

There are a few rules I need to remember:

  • I use my walking feet.
  • I use my indoor voice.
  • I share and wait patiently for my turn.
  • I listen to grown-ups.
  • I use gentle hands.
  • And I have fun!

People will be happy when I follow the rules. There are so many things to do.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can drive a train or go for a ride.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can make it go . . . roll the ball down the maze or build my own track on the wall. It is fun to watch it go! While the ball is rolling, I will remember to use a quiet voice.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can build with the little or really big blocks. Maybe I will make a house! Remember, I share blocks with my friends.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

In the architecture studio, I can learn how buildings are made. I keep all four legs of the chair on the floor.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

This area is the Netherlands. See the windmill? I can make it go. I can try on big wooden shoes if I remember to keep them on my feet.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

Here is Vietnam. If I use gentle hands, I can feel the rice. They grow and eat a lot of rice in Vietnam. I can also look at the fish.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can play a drum gently with my hands and make music in South Africa. I remember to take turns and share with my friends.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

In Mexico, I can dance and listen to music. I can also make a “rubbing” using crayons and paper. A grown-up will show me how to do it.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can make a mask, do a show or make butterflies and put them in the tree! I can ask for help if I cannot reach the tree myself.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

If I’m careful, I can climb the stairs and look all around. Look, I’m taller than the grown-ups!

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

If I sit quietly in the boat, I can catch fish and then sell my fish to others. I like the pretend ice—it is not cold!

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

Look at the cool rocks in “Exploration ROCKS!” Some are sparkly, some are spotted, some are rough and some are heavy. If I use gentle hands, I can hold the rocks. Maybe I will find a fossil!

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can explore the barn and farm and harvest the vegetables. I remember to keep the vegetables in the barn and market area.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

I can put vegetables in the basket and sell them in the market.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

This looks like our city Buffalo! I can make the car move along the road that I build. I remember to walk around the tracks carefully.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

Imagination Playground is in the gym. I can play with the blue foam objects. It is so much fun! Look at this funny one – what do you think it is?

This is the one place where I can use my running feet but I still remember to follow directions and use my indoor voice.

Our Au-Some Social Story - Au-Some Evenings - Our Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Explore & More

Here is the art room. If I sit in a chair, I can color or draw and make pictures.

If I remember to follow the rules, I will have fun at Explore & More! When I follow the rules, my friends and family are happy! I hope to visit soon!

About Our Au-Some Social Story

Our Au-Some Social Story was modeled after Social StoriesTM which were developed by Carol Gray in 1991. A “Social Story” describes a situation, skill or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives and common responses in a specifically defined style and format.

The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. Although the goal of a story should never be to change the individual’s behavior, that individual’s improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses.

Although Social Stories were first developed for use with children with ASD, the approach has also been successful with children, adolescents and adults with ASD and other social and communication delays and differences, as well as individuals developing normally.

For more information, visit TheGrayCenter.org.