Asking for Help Social Stories

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning to ask for help is one of the best ways students with special needs can become able to advocate for themselves. This lesson offers social stories for teaching students about asking for help.

Using Social Stories

If you are a teacher who works with students on the autism spectrum, students with speech and language delays, or students who struggle with self-regulation, you know the benefit of teaching specific vocabulary words and strategies associated with handling challenging or complicated social scenarios. Social stories work like anecdotes told from students' own point of view and oriented toward offering a script for difficult scenarios, such as asking for help.

Asking for Help at School

My teacher is so friendly, and she cares about me a lot. One of my teacher's biggest jobs is to help me learn new things. When she teaches me something, it is my job to try it on my own. Sometimes, she teaches me something and I can do it right away! Other times, it still feels hard.

When I am at school and find something hard to do, it is my job to ask for help. I can ask one of my friends for help, or I can ask a teacher. When I ask for help, I can say, 'I tried it, but it still feels hard. Could you help me please?'

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