Freemantles Primary

Social Stories™

Social Stories

Freemantles is a Social Storiestm Satellite School. Accredited by Carol Gray.

We currently offer a package of training which covers Social Stories™, Comic strip coversations and Social Context. Some of these sessions will be for professionals and others for parents. for more details click here. 


What are Social Stories™?

Social Stories™ were developed by Carol Gray.

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. Half of all Social Stories™ developed should affirm something that an individual does well.

Although the goal of a Story™ should never be to change the individual’s behaviour, that individual’s improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses.

Carol Gray is the Director of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has completed over 22 years of employment with Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, Michigan, initially as a teacher with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and in recent years as a consultant to students with ASD in inclusive educational programs. In 1991, Carol developed Social Stories™ and Comic Strip Conversations strategies that are used worldwide with children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has published several resources on topics related to children and adults with ASD, including articles on bullying, death and dying, and how to teach social understanding. (Carol’s complete three-part series of articles, Gray’s Guide to Bullying Parts I-III, 2000-2001,  was reprinted under one cover in a special edition of the Jenison Autism Journal, Vol 16 #1, 2004). She is the recipient of the Barbara Lipinski Award for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with ASD.


How can I write Social Stories™?

Social Stories™ are written with a set of ten very specific criteria. These ensure the social, emotional and physical safety of the messages that the stories contain. Therefore we recommend that all authors consult training which is ratified by Carol Gray and the Gray institute, before undertaking the writing of a story. This can be done a number of ways:

 - Training provided by Freemantles, as a Social Stories™ Satellite School. Click here for more info.

- Training provided by Carol Gray and Team Social Stories™:

- Books written by Carol Gray


Our Social Stories™ training team

The Social Stories™ trainers at Freemantles have been trained by Carol Gray. We do not write Social Stories™ on request, as it is important to gather evidence first-hand and know the audience. We can check over Stories that others have written and give advice on writing stories within the ten criteria.

 Vanessa Clark (Assistant Head - Community):

 Justin Price (Head teacher):

 Sam Tedder (Class Teacher):


Accredited Social Stories Training

Why do children and young people with autism struggle to negotiate the social world and what can we do to support them?

Session one: A look into the issues around context blindness faced by many of our young people and the social context teaching which is needed to help this. After lunch a training package designed to enable staff and parents to use Comic Strip Conversations effectively to support social understanding.

Session two: The full Social Stories™ accredited training package, delivered on behalf of Carol Gray by members of the Freemantles Social Stories Satellite School. Social Stories are a social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between   parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages.

Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 22nd March  10m-4pm 

Cost for professionals: £200        Cost for parents: £50 

Venue: United Reform Church, White Rose Lane, Woking, GU22 7HA

  For more information click here

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 For more training information, visit our Outreach website

It is also possible to book accredited trainers to deliver whole team training in your own setting. This is subject to availablilty of our trainers.  For more information, contact Vanessa on 


For all training sessions:

Please note that all places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Places will not be confirmed until full payment is received.

In the event of low numbers, we will contact delegates and offer a place on an alternative course. In the event of high interests, we may add further dates.

Freemantles reserve the right to cancel sessions due to adverse weather conditions, but alternative dates will be offered.

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