Could you tell me a bit about the social stories?
Well basically what you do is, I mean there are various books and social stories which we looked at and you tend to use sort of matchstick type characters but you sort of draw a picture and then you have a simple phrase to describe what you are doing. It might be ‘I brush my teeth, you know, after I have had my breakfast’. It can be something like that. So that he can go through each sequence and know what he has got to do and how it fits in within his routine.
And one of the first ones that we had was for bedtime because he wouldn’t let me go downstairs unless he had asked me a particular series of questions and I was having to answer the questions forty times before I could go down stairs and the question was, “Will it thunder?” because he is terrified of thunder and he wouldn’t let me go downstairs until I had answered this question forty times. Or as you can imagine it took up an awful lot of time. It was taking two or three hours to get him to settle at night time. So we used a chart and we drew thunder and lightning and clouds and we sort of drew Joseph going off to sleep in his bed and we actually had, ‘Will it thunder?’ written down ten times. And we said to him we will allow you to ask this question ten times and if you do that you will then get a star each morning and then when you have got 20 or 25 stars then you can choose a present and we will go and buy it. And we did that and over a period of time that has worked. Now I have to answer eight questions before he goes to bed, one of which is will it thunder? But I only have to answer it once.