Clean Up Time Social Stories

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Cleaning up is often something students try to avoid, but it is an important aspect of the day to participate in. This lesson offers social stories that will help your students think about why it matters to clean up and how they can help.

Social Stories and Cleaning Up

If you work with students who have special needs, you know that they sometimes struggle with pro-social behaviors and participation in group activities like cleaning up. You can help many students by providing social stories, or brief stories designed to teach the skills these students need to help them through social situations and the more challenging times of day. The social stories in this lesson, told from the point of view of hypothetical students, are oriented toward teaching about clean up time.

Cleaning Up At Home

My room is filled with toys and fun things to do. I play there by myself, and I play there with my brother. We like to play with cars and trucks, we like to make art together, and sometimes we like to build forts out of pillows. After we are done playing, our parents say it is clean up time. Clean up time means it is time to put everything away. Cleaning up is important because it helps my things stay nice, and it helps my room be a safe and comfortable place for everyone.

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