In the last blog post, we discussed all about social stories (click here to read all about what they are used for, and how to implement them in your child’s routine). In a nutshell, social stories are used as guides for children with autism and were designed to help them with new experiences. With just one search, you can find social stories on a variety of different topics ranging from the first day of school, dentist visits, appropriate behaviors in response to feelings of anger, etc. The list is endless.
As Muslims, there are many every day actions we do which follow the actions of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him). Any action of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) is called a “sunnah”. There are many sunnahs we follow. For example, there are sunnahs of waking up, sunnahs of sleeping, sunnahs regarding our interactions with other people, and sunnahs of eating and drinking to name a few.
At Ibn Umm Maktum Foundation, we will be launching a series of Social Stories: Sunnah Edition. The first one we will be sharing today is the Sunnah of Eating and Drinking. We believe that it is important for all children to experience the beauty of Islam and engage them in different acts of worship.
Click on the link below to download the FREE pdf of our Sunnahs of Eating and Drinking Social story.
- read this story with your child right before he or she sits down to eat. Do this as many times as you can. Remember- consistency and repetition is key!
- Make sure that you practice the above sunnahs in your eating habits as well. Children learn best through seeing and imitating the actions of their parents. Setting an example for your children is best!
- Finally, as you are eating, verbally point out each sunnah you are doing. For example say, “Look, I say Bismillah before I eat” or “I remember to eat with my right hand”. This way, your child can associate what they read in the social story with a real-life examples. Pairing parts of the story with real-life examples will really help your child learn some of these sunnahs and incorporate them into their daily routines.
Note: If you need to adapt this social story to better suit your child (for example, if your child is non-verbal, or has a specific behavior during eating that you would like to work on, etc.) please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to adapt our social stories to your child’s needs.