Social stories preview social and behavioral expectations. They detail the who, what, when, where, and why. They can be read or watched. They should be used repeatedly before a situation occurs that has been identified as difficult for your child. They should also be used to preview and teach new content because the repetition and visual supports will impart more meaning. Use them before a trip to the dentist, a playdate, before a flight, or to teach about hygiene and personalize them for your own child's needs.