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In this story, Emily helps Kookabuk learn how to share one of his most prized possessions. Most children are inherently very protective of their toys. While Kookabuk’s reluctance to share his green shovel is very typical, his reaction is elevated and prolonged. Fearful that Emily is confused and afraid to play with her son, Kookabuk’s mom steps in to guide their social interaction.
In this story Emily visits Kookabuk for a play date at his house. The play date occurs during one of Kookabuk’s therapy sessions. This was planned in advance and permission was obtained from both the therapist (Ms. Paula) and Emily’s mom. The skill Ms. Paula is teaching is called referencing; this includes the ability to make appropriate eye contact.
In this story, Emily and Kookabuk are playing at their favorite park. Kookabuk becomes agitated with all the activity going on around him. Rather than using his words, Kookabuk pushes one boy and smacks another to express his frustration. Kookabuk’s mom and Emily help Kookabuk practice using “nice hands” by modeling and singing the “We Use Nice Hands” song.
In this story, Emily meets and becomes friends with Kookabuk. Throughout the story Emily remains interested in Kookabuk even though he repeatedly ignores her attempts at social contact. She exhibits great perseverance and patience in her efforts to interact with him. Kookabuk’s mom is there to help her son, and to act as an effective model for Emily.
In this story, Kookabuk’s and Emily’s families are planning on taking a trip together to New York City. This will be Kookabuk’s first major trip and he is nervous. Emily and Kookabuk’s mom help Kooky lower his anxiety by creating with him a social story that will include the sites they will visit and activities they have planned.