Social Stories for Accepting Help

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Learning to accept help is hard for many people, and it can be especially difficult for some children. This lesson offers social stories that teach students how and why to accept help.

Learning to Accept Help

Have you ever struggled with something, but wanted really badly to master it on your own? So many of us have been in this situation, and it can help us have empathy with students who don't want to accept help. After all, accepting help can feel like an injury to our pride or an insult to our competence. At the same time, as adults, we know that learning to accept help is an important part of living in a community and being our best selves.

The social stories in this lesson function as explicit scripts you can use to teach your students about accepting help. Told from the point-of-view of hypothetical students, social stories offer specific language and strategies to use in complicated scenarios and with difficult feelings. You can modify these social stories to meet the specific needs of the students in your class.

Accepting Help From Adults

I work hard at home and at school every single day. At home, I do chores like setting the table and making my bed. At school, I listen to my teacher and try my best at all of my work.

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