Knowledge Library

Utilizing Social Stories to Increase Prosocial Behavior and Reduce Problem Behavior in Young Children with Autism

QOL-domain(s): Emotional Well-Being, Interpersonal Relations, Personal Development, Social Inclusion
Effect(s): Better lifestyle choices, Human Functioning
System(s) of support: Education across the lifespan
Target Group(s): Developmental Disability, Intellectual Disability
Age Group(s): Adolecents, Children / Youth

Article summary

The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the effects of a Social Story intervention on the behavior rates of 4 young children
with autism using a multiple-baseline across participants design. The results of this paper indicate that the Social Story was
modestly effective in increasing prosocial behavior rates in 3 of the 4 participants, though none of the participants reached the
prosocial behavior rates of age and gender-matched peers. The problem behaviors of the participants modestly decreased with
the intervention. Maintenance of skills over a 1-month period was demonstrated for all of the participants. The variable and
inconsistent results of the research add to the current literature base in support of the use of Social Stories for some children with

Link to the article:
CLick here to open article