Market Field School

Market Field School

Learning For Life

Carol Gray Social Stories

What are Social Stories™?

Social StoriesTM are one of the most popular evidence-based instructional strategies for children and adults with autism in the world. They are also frequently misused and misunderstood. Learning how to research, write, and put into practice a genuine Social Story TM is critical to their effectiveness, safety, and integrity. The goal is to build positive social concepts and skills in an individually tailored, unassuming, and supportive learning context.

Learning to write Social Stories™

Market Field School offers Social StoryTM training as part of the Social Stories Satellite School Services with approval from Carol Gray. Dr. Siobhan Timmins, our trainer, has 22 years of experience writing Social StoriesTM and has been personally approved by Carol Gray to train professionals and parents in this technique using the most up to date resources provided by Carol, as well as real life examples of successful Stories, written for children in UK special education and mainstream schools.

The new 10.2 Social StoryTM Criteria, developed and released in 2014:

  • Introduce a newly revised definition of Social Stories TM,
  • Are based on a shorter albeit expanded rationale that includes new context theory
  • Reflect new research and the most current experience with the Social Story TM approach
  • Include new ideas, detail, and increased support for those who write Social Stories to eliminate wasted time in Story development and maximise the likelihood for a positive Story impact.

Training for professionals and parents is delivered in a one day training and there is a charge for this service. There is no charge for parents from Market Field School and a reduced charge for other parents. Details of the next professional training will be posted here (see below).

Training is also available for schools, special schools and organisations at their own site. This training can be delivered to whole staff with follow up support sessions available.

Please contact Siobhan for further details on: or

All courses located at: Market Field College, Tendring Education Centre, Jaywick Lane, Clacton on Sea, CO16 8BE.

Social Story™ Workshops 2017-18

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About the presenter, Dr. Siobhan Timmins 

Dr Siobhan TimminsDr. Siobhan Timmins worked in hospital and community paediatrics before leaving clinical practice to use her professional training and experience to source and implement effective strategies to improve the social understanding of children, adolescents and adults with autism. She was certified by Carol Gray in 2011 to train parents and professionals to write Social Stories™ through Market Field School in Colchester, both on site and throughout Essex as part of the Satellite Social Stories Service in the UK.

She co-runs Spectrum, a support group in Colchester for parents of children with social communication difficulties, which has been running since 2007. Siobhan also speaks on parental and professional training courses on autism across Essex.

She is also the mother of a 25-year-old young man with autism and the author of a series of books about growing up with Social Stories, the first of which, “Successful Social Stories for Young Children with Autism’ was published in 2016 by Jessica Kingsley. The second in the series ‘Successful Social Stories for School and College Students with Autism’ will be available in April 2017. The third book ‘Developing Resilience in Young people with Autism Using Social Stories’ will be available in June 2017 with the final book in the series for young adults being released in early 2018.

Underpinning all her teaching is a profound respect and admiration for those who are on the autism spectrum and a strong belief that understanding their perspective of the world is fundamental to any successful intervention.