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Child Intake - What to Expect Social Story

Overview

This social story was created to describe the various aspects of a child intake to individuals with autism.

A woman stands next to a boy in front of a judge wearing a robe sitting at a desk.

A social worker is someone the Judge assigns to help me.

A woman is shown with a thought bubble containing three dots to the left of her head.

The social worker may need to set up a time to get to know me better.

An office building is shown in the top left and a house is shown in the bottom right of the image.

The interview may take place at the social worker’s office or my house.

A smiling boy stands in the center of the image and says,

If I want, I can tell the social worker I have autism.

A smiling woman and boy are shown together in the center of the image.

I may have to answer questions so the social worker can help me.

A boy asks a woman on the left,

The questions may be hard to understand. It is okay to ask the social worker to repeat a question.

A smiling man and boy stand together next to a house.

The social worker may ask me about my home or my family.

A crying boy's face is shown in the center of the image.

I may have to talk about things that make me sad.

A woman face is shown and she says,

There is no right or wrong answer for how I feel.

A woman sits in a chair facing a frowning boy who is standing face forward.

It is okay to tell the social worker, “I need a break.”

The top of a boy's head is shown with a house, man's face, guitar, baseball, and backpack above it.

The more I tell the social worker, the more they can try to help me.

A calendar with several pages showing is shown in the center of the image.

After the first interview, the social worker will meet with me regularly, usually about once a month.

A woman stands with one arm pointing to an office building and one pointing to a house.

Meetings may take place at the social worker’s office or my house.

A boy stands with his hand on his chin and an empty thought bubble to the left of his head.

It is okay to tell the social worker if I think of something that they can do to help me.

A boy with his hand raised and question marks above his head stands to the right of a woman.

It is okay to ask questions.

A boy says to a woman on the left,

It is okay to ask for the things that I want.

A frowning boy stands to the right of a woman who says,

The social worker may not be able to give me the things I want.

A smiling boy stands to the right of a woman who says,

But it is important to tell them so that the social worker knows.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.