Social Narratives

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Social Narratives (SN)

Social narratives (SN) describe social situations for learners by providing relevant cues, explanation of the feelings and thoughts of others, and descriptions of appropriate behavior expectations.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about social narratives (SN).
  • Applying SN in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The SN module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for SN 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of SN 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for SN 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using SN 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring SN 25 minutes
Applying SN 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2015). Social narratives. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the social narrative (SN) module (PDF document, 2 pages)


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