Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences. You can modify this one, about being scared of a spider, to fit the needs of your child. Have fun with it! Draw illustrations together or google images of spiders if you want to add a visual (happy, cartoon spiders might be best but real spiders are good too). These stories work well with most children and we recommend reading this one (or one like it) multiple times if fears are a struggle!
Today I saw a spider in the yard and I felt very scared!
Mommy could tell I was scared because I screamed and ran to her.
I needed Mommy to help because spiders scare me so much!
Spiders don’t have to be scary.
Spiders are tiny. They are probably more cared of me that I am of them.
Most spiders don’t bite to hurt people.
Mommy and I can learn more about spiders. That will make me feel less scared.
We can get some books about spiders from the library.
We can find some spiders in the yard.
We can see that they wont hurt us.
It is ok that I am scared of spiders but I can also learn more about them.
The more I know about spiders, the less scared I will be!