Asking for Help Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan provides faculty in special education teacher preparation programs with activities to help future teachers learn about social stories. Students will learn about the benefits of social stories, read some examples of social stories, and create their own social stories to use with students.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the benefits of social stories
  • create social stories to use with special needs students


This lesson will take approximately 60-90 minutes.


  • social stories

Materials needed:


Activate prior knowledge by asking students the following questions:

  • What do you do when you need help with something?
  • What can your nonverbal students do if they need help?
  • How can you support your students who find asking for help challenging?

Read the lesson Asking for Help Social Stories as a class.

Pause after the 'Using Social Stories' section to ask the following questions:

  • What types of students benefit from social stories?
  • From what point of view are social stories written? Why?

Continue reading the lesson. Pause after the 'Asking for Help at School' section.

Ask the following questions:

  • What suggestions does the story offer about how to get help at school?
  • For what scenarios would this story be appropriate?
  • What feelings are acknowledged and what suggestions are offered for dealing with these feelings?

Divide students into small groups.

Have each group choose one of the following grade level bands: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Assign the group one of the following scenarios:

  • The student has lost something.
  • The student is overstimulated.
  • The student is uncomfortable (cold, hungry, ill, tired….)
  • The student does not understand what he/she is supposed to be doing.

Have groups work together to create a social story that would work for their grade level and scenario.

Have each group share their story with the rest of the class.

Continue reading the remainder of the lesson with students.

Ask students the following questions:

  • What scenarios would the 'Asking for Help in Public' story work for?
  • What are some other scenarios in which a student might need to ask for help?
  • What suggestions and feelings are discussed in the story?

Social Stories Review

Materials needed: copies of commercially prepared social stories

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