~~~~HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY ORDER?~~~~
Regular orders will take 3-5 business days to fulfill. A Custom Social Story will take 2-3 weeks (with great parental participation). Then your order will shipped and a tracking number emailed to you. A tracking number will be sent if you provided an email address. If you are within the USA it is approximately 2-6 days for shipping. If you are OUTSIDE the US it really varies depending on where you are but approximately 5 days to 3 weeks, but it seems to average 7-9 days.
**If your order is a custom social story, you will need to contact me about the waiting list prior to ordering and see where I am at. I will give you a more accurate date.
~~~~CAN I GET A STORY CUSTOMIZED TO FIT MY CHILD'S SITUATION?~~~~
Yes! If you find a story topic that fits your child or 'sort of' fits your child's issue but need to make sure a specific issue is addressed, or something needs to be worded a certain way... PLEASE let me know. I am happy to make these minor changes to a book. In most cases the extra fee is around $10 depending on how much needs to be changed. I cannot just 'add pages' to the story, printing is more complex than that. To get an idea of what you should order please contact me BEFORE ordering, otherwise your order may be cancelled.
~~~~HOW DO I KNOW WHAT YOUR SOCIAL STORY SAYS?~~~~
Easy! Just take a few moments to look at the listing and read it. Then take a look at the photos. The photos are clear enough that you can read about half of the social story and get the feel of what the story is about, and maybe how it could be changed a bit to fit your child's circumstance. You can also surmise if the book reads either too old or too young for your child (and this can be changed too!).
~~~~WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SEVERAL ISSUES AND I WANT TO COMBINE THEM ALL IN ONE BOOK?~~~~
Umm, sorry no. Each book needs to address a specific topic and stay crystal clear on that topic. Most kids can't handle the input of several topics at once. So I can't make a combination book about 'Being a Good Friend-Not Hitting Myself-Going to the Eye Doctor' book. It would be confusing and not beneficial for a child in the least. So I need to break down the books into separate issues in order to adequately address them and input positive scripts regarding each issue.
~~~~WILL YOU WRITE A SOCIAL STORY FOR MY CHILD?~~~~
Sure, BUT... You must know that I will NEED your input. And probably a lot of it. You have to be able to give specifics about the issue/topic. I can't write a story if you just give me one sentence and say, "My child won't take a bath." or "Can you tell my kid how to play soccer?" What I will need to know from you is EXACTLY what (or as much as you can surmise) the problem is:
1) WHAT the issue is that your child is facing (i.e. hitting others, won't try new foods, moving to another house, etc.) Then I will need to know...
2) WHO is this book for? Is this for a boy or girl, what age, and what is their level of comprehension. This gives me some insight into whom I am working for.
3) WHY is this a concern or what do you believe your child's road block is for this subject (i.e. teachers are getting frustrated, need to prepare for an event, resistant to change, etc.) Then I would like you to tell me...
4) WHAT positive spin (or solution) do you want to give to your child (i.e. when you are frustrated instead of hitting others you will... go to your happy place, take a break, tell a teacher.) We can't just tell them to 'stop it' we need a replacement activity. If this book is NOT behavioral and just informative or a script, I will still need to have a positive spin. Like, 'I will be in big boy underwear and stay dry all day!' or something of that nature.
5) TELL ME what the title of the book should be. I may have to tweak it a bit, but this gives me a good idea of where you are coming from on the topic and where you are headed with the book.
I do try to keep my writing happy and have a positive tone, but I do need to make social stories accurate. Therefore, when the book is about a sensitive topic you also need to realize the importance of telling the absolute truth to your child. (For example, a story about Not Shouting In Class would need to include that it disturbs classmates, the teacher, etc. But also where it is Okay for your child to shout. It isn't that shouting is bad or wrong, but where you do it is very important.)
~~~~UGH, CAN'T YOU JUST WRITE THIS STORY FOR ME WITHOUT ALL THIS INFORMATION?~~~~
Boy, that would be miraculous wouldn't it? BUT A GREAT CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY HAS A LOT OF PARENTAL AND/OR TEACHER INPUT. I will be here to help guide and word things to get it right for your child. I can offer suggestions to help you develop your story and put it into words and pictures for your child. Only you know your child best and your input is priceless!
~~~~CAN YOU JUST ADD ONE PAGE TO ONE OF YOUR BOOKS?~~~~
Usually this question is asked because someone wants to address a specific issue. And the short answer is: I wish I could, but... No. I can't.
This answer usually frustrates people because they don't have knowledge of the print business or how book printing and binding works.
If you need a more lengthy answer here it is: A book is NEVER an odd amount of pages so you can't add just one page to a book. For every page printed, there is a flip side to the page. That being said, and making the system I use a bit more complex, I have a 4-page printing system where 4 'half-pages' are printed on one page. This requires all of my pages to be in a very specific order. SO... while it is sort of possible for me to add 'two pages' to a book, these pages also need to make sense in the context and order of the story pages already written and paginated. Otherwise, I need to manually move and re-paginate every (or nearly every) page of the book. But if you just need a minor change you can go back and read question #2 above. This may help.
And most important, a social story should be short and to the point. Keeping your child's attention is paramount here. So usually it is more beneficial and cost effective to just adjust what is already in the book.
~~~~WHAT TOPICS DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?~~~~
Nothing is really off limits. But here are a few examples of custom stories topics: Not writing on the walls, moving to a new house, going on a family vacation, changing to a different bedroom, not peeing in the yard (or pooping), don't kiss strangers. Those are just a few from a very long list of stories.
~~~~HOW MUCH DOES A COMPLETE CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY COST?~~~~
In most cases a complete custom social story will be $25-$35 depending on the number of pages and artwork or pictures needed to complete it and I need to consider any unforeseen matters as well. That's a steal!! Considering I am going to spend anywhere from 2-6 hours creating your child's very special book.
If you wish to proceed with a custom social story, feel free to contact me via email and put CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY in the subject line AutismShopper@gmail.com