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Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control 5-Program Set
Ages: 12-17   Grades: 7-12

Students with autism relate to Matt and Molly who approach sensitive, challenging, and confrontation topics with respect and dignity.

Students learn to discern inappropriate from appropriate behaviors as a first step to modifying their own actions in each well-written manual.


  • identify inappropriate/appropriate social behaviors
  • learn how to recognize what triggers inappropriate behaviors
  • control/replace inappropriate behavior with socially acceptable behavior
  • decrease impulsivity and increase self-control
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This five-program set features 40 stories based on utilizing self-control in specific situations.  Follow-up questions improve comprehension of the concepts taught in each simply illustrated story.  A role-play activity rounds out each lesson.

The individual books include:

  • 8 illustrated stories
  • four full-color, 8½" x 11" pictures per story (32 total pictures)
  • 10 yes/no and 10 wh- and how comprehension questions per story
  • a role-playing activity and list of easy to find props

Each lesson follows a predictable format making it easy for students with autism to transition from story to story.  The lessons can be used with one student, a small group, or an entire class.

This program may be purchased as a 5-program set or individually.  The 5-program set consists of:

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control When Anxious

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control When Eating

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control When Impulsive

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control When Talking

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors Self-Control When Touching


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5-Program Set: each program 28-page lesson plan book; 32 8½" x 11" story cards; 10 perforated sheets with large print sentences, question flash cards, and wrong/right cards; progress monitoring chart; vinyl folder
  • Stories about specific social situations help students with autism syndrome disorders (ASD) understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
  • Repeated reading of stories about specific social situations improves social understanding for students with ASD (Gray, 2000).
  • Students with ASD should receive instruction in functional, spontaneous communication; new skill acquisitions; generalization and maintenance in natural contexts; and functional academic skills when appropriate (NRC, 2001).
  • Adolescents with autism decreased inappropriate behaviors after implementation of social stories with visual supports (Graetz, Mastropieri, & Scruggs, 2009).

The Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors 5-program Set incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.



Graetz, J., Mastropieri, M.A., & Scruggs, T.E. (2009). Decreasing inappropriate behaviors for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders using modified social stories. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44(1), 91-104.

Gray, C. (2000). The new social story book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.

Kuoch, H., & Mirenda, P. (2003). Social story interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18, 219-227.

National Research Council (NRC), Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. (2001). In C. Lord & J. McGee (Eds.), Educating children with autism. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


Patricia Snair Koski


Patti Koski, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in Baltimore, Maryland.  Through private therapy, Patti primarily works with children on the autism spectrum.  Her Matt and Molly stories have played an important part in her therapy sessions for the last 20 years.  When she is not working with her clients or writing new stories, Patti is busy raising four "socially appropriate" children.


Matt and Molly are growing up!  And, when children get older, society expects them to act older as well.  Children with autism spend years practicing basic social skills, such as "turn-taking" and "asking for help."  They learn about eye contact and greetings.  Now those children are teenagers with autism, and they are faced with a whole new level of social expectations.

Many of the higher-level social skills are abstract, making them difficult to teach, comprehend, and practice.  For teens with autism, a concept such as "personal space" doesn't exist because they can't see it or touch it.  I created these new Matt and Molly stories to make those "abstract" social concepts more "concrete."

Role-playing is a vital part of this program.  By acting out the stories, your students are practicing strategies that will help them regulate their own behavior.  Gaining self-control in social situations is the key to blending in and being accepted by our peers.

Patti Koski