Write social stories to help curb anxiety. What is a social story? It is a short, five to ten-page story introducing a new event/experience/situation to your child. The social stories I prepare for Hein-Chris always take the same form: Five to ten A4 pages with different photos stuck to the top of each page, and a sentence at the bottom explaining the photo. For instance, if Hein-Chris changed schools, there’d be a photo of the school building, another of the playground, and others of the principal, the teacher, and the new classroom door. I might have included a photo of myself, standing in front of the new classroom door, giving a big thumbs up. Under each photo I would add a different sentence. “This is Hein-Chris’ new school. It is called Umhlali Prep”. “Hein-Chris has a lovely new teacher called Mrs Wilson”. “Mommy will fetch Hein-Chris everyday right after story time”. I typically laminate each page and have the little book ring-bound. Hein-Chris and I read the book twice daily for as long as necessary. Similar books can be made for visits to the dentist or hairdresser, learning to go to Occupational Therapy without Mommy present, and how to behave in a restaurant.