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Residential Treatment Facility - What to Expect Social Story

Overview

This social story was created to describe the various aspects of a residential treatment facility to individuals with autism.

A frowning girl's face is shown in the center of the image.

If I am having a hard time with my feelings and behavior, I may need help.

The top of a girl's head is shown with a house and school building above it.

Sometimes I can’t get that help at school or at home.

A residential treatment facility with several windows and doors.

I may have to get help at a residential treatment facility (RTF).

Two smiling women face each other.

The staff are trained to help me feel better.

Sleeping

I will sleep, eat, and go to school at the residential treatment facility.

A smiling girl stands between two smiling boys.

There will be other people who need help at the residential treatment facility.

A video game controller, doll, teddy bear, toy car, and smartphone are shown in the center of the image.

At the residential treatment facility. I may or may not get to take some of my favorite things in with me.

A smiling woman stands to the left of two boys and a girl.

Once I get to the residential treatment facility, one of the staff will ask me lots of questions in order to get to know me.

A woman who is a doctor stands to the left of a smiling young girl.

I may have to talk with a doctor who will make sure I get my medicines.

A lunch tray with a fork, spoon, french fries, vegetables, hamburger, bread, and a drink is shown in the center of the image.

The food at the residential treatment facility may taste different to me.

A smiling young girl stands in front of a bed.

The bed at the residential treatment facility may feel different from my bed at home.

A woman stands to the left of a young girl in the center of the image.

There may be new rules I have to follow, and new rules I should follow so I can earn rewards and get to do more fun things.

A smiling woman stands to the left of a smiling young girl.

I may have to give them information about me.

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

It is okay to talk about things that upset me.

A woman therapist with a thought bubble containing three dots stands next to two boys and a girl.

I may have therapy with other people and therapy by myself.

A smiling young girl is shown on the left with a residential treatment facility in the background.

Once I meet my goals and no longer need any help, I can leave the residential treatment facility.

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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.