Market Field School

Market Field School

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What are Social Stories™?

 Social Stories 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 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 Story 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 Stories 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.

Participants in the workshop will be introduced to the ten 10.2 Social Story Criteria and will learn to write a Social Story on the day. The 10.2 Criteria, developed and released in 2014,

  • Introduce a newly revised definition of Social Stories ,
  • 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  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 termly workshops are now located at: Paxman Academy, Paxman Avenue, Colchester. CO2 9DQ.


Please complete the application form below:


Thursday 5th March 2020

5th March 2020.pdf

Thursday 18th June 2020

 18th June 2020.pdf

About the presenter, Dr. Siobhan Timmins 

Dr Timmins


Dr. 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™ and established the approved Satellite Social Stories Service for Essex at Market Field School in Colchester in 2012. In 2017 Siobhan was invited to become a member of Team Social Stories by Carol Gray. She currently supervises Social Story Satellite Services in London, Scotland and Ireland. Siobhan speaks on parental and professional training courses across Essex and delivers Social Story workshops across the UK for the National Autistic Society.

Siobhan is extremely proud to be the mother of a young man with autism for whom she has written Social Stories and Social Articles for 22 years. She is also the author of a series of four books published by Jessica Kingsley,

  • Successful Social Stories for Young Children with Autism,                         
  • Successful Social Stories for School and College Students with Autism,    
  • Developing Resilience in Young People with Autism Using Social Stories   
  • Successful Social Articles into Adulthood.


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