Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences. You can modify this one, about eating in a restaurant, to fit the needs of your child. Have fun with it! Draw illustrations together for the story or role play good restaurant behavior. These stories work well with most children and we recommend reading this one (or one like it) multiple times if eating in a restaurant is a struggle!
Eating At A Restaurant!
I like to eat meals with my family. Sometimes we eat at home and sometimes we eat at a restaurant.
Mommy or Daddy will tell me where we will eat.
When we get to the restaurant, we may have to wait for a table.
While we are waiting, I can talk to Mommy and Daddy or I can bring some books to read.
I can use a quiet voice and listen to Mommy and Daddy.
When it is time to sit down, we will walk to our table. I can sit down and look at the menu.
Mommy and Daddy will help me decide what to eat. They will help me order my food from the server. I can use words to tell the server what I want!
After we order our food, we may have to wait some more. Mommy and Daddy can bring some books or toys for me to play with. I can also draw or color.
When our food is ready to eat, the server will bring it to our table. I can eat my food!
When I am done eating, I can wait for Mommy and Daddy to finish. I can use a quiet voice. I will stay in my seat.
When Mommy and Daddy are done, we can pay for our food and leave.
Eating in a restaurant is fun!
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