Feeling safe is one of the most basic needs
of all individuals in society, whether they have special needs or not.
Individuals with special needs may encounter various hazards such as
earthquakes, floods, fires, accidents and minor injuries in their daily life at
home, school, parks, shopping malls, avenues and streets. In order to be
protected from these dangers that they may encounter in daily life, they need to
have some basic safety skills.
The ability to protect against natural
disasters such as earthquakes, floods, fires, tsunamis and landslides, as well
as man-made disasters such as war/mobilization and accidents are situations in
which individuals with special needs will be vulnerable. The skills to be
taught to individuals with special needs and the necessary precautions to be
taken in order to be protected from natural and man-made disasters are very
important to ensure the safety of these individuals.
They are short stories written in a
specific format to teach social skills to individuals with intellectual
disability or autism, presenting social information in a direct and
easy-to-understand way. In addition to social skills, social stories are also
used in teaching security skills such as protection from abduction attempts by
strangers, protection from sexual harassment and coping with mockery.