A social story is a short story that describes to an individual the relevant social cues and common responses in a specific situation. It explains what happens and why the situation occurs. A social story is designed to prepare an individual for an uncertain event, to share information, or to provide him/her with a strategy to deal with an event effectively with a thought-out plan and guide. The story should be read to the patient several times before the first appointment. Here are links to two different social stories for the dental office.