Noise Making Social Stories

Instructor: Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

In this lesson, we'll review what social stories are and how to use them to discourage students from making noise at inappropriate times. We'll also look at several examples you can personalize and use with your own students.

Social Stories

Students can struggle to understand how their actions impact others. Social stories are one way to help students master this concept, particularly those with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Social stories are short narratives written in the first person that describe a situation students are struggling with and suggest ways for changing their behavior. Personalizing social stories can make them more relevant to your students' experiences and feelings, as do pictures that accompany each sentence in a flipbook or media presentation.

Today, we're going to look at examples of social stories to help student who make noises. Students make noise for a variety of reasons, as we'll learn here.

Making Noise for Self-Stimulation

Making Noise Gets Me Excited!

I really like it when I see new things and hear fun noises. Other kids like to see and hear those things, too. But sometimes, I don't feel things like the other kids do. Things that seem entertaining to them don't affect me.

So, to excite myself, I make noises. Making and listening to noise is fun. I like having fun. But other students don't like the same amount of noise that I do. When I make a lot of noise, they can't concentrate in class. They don't understand that I like a lot of noise.

When I make noise, we can't concentrate on our lesson, so we can't learn. I like learning. My teacher likes it when we learn, too. It makes her happy when we are quiet and learning. I want my teacher to be happy. When my teacher is happy, I'm happy, too.

Instead of making noise during a lesson, I can make noises at other times during the day. I can make noise at recess and at lunch. And if it is ever okay to make noise during a lesson, my teacher will let me know!

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