Social Stories for Feelings

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Some students with social and cognitive disabilities struggle understanding their feelings. If your students need to learn about feelings, try using some of the social stories in this lesson.

What Are You Feeling?

All students can feel excited, sad and many other feelings. Students with average abilities usually can handle these feelings, but students with social and cognitive disabilities may have a hard time understanding what they feel and how to deal appropriately with their feelings.

One way you can teach your students about feelings is to use social stories, or brief scenarios that address social skills in a concrete, relatable way. This lesson offers some examples of social stories about feelings.

So Many Feelings!

I can't believe one person can feel so many different things. Already today, I have had ten different feelings!

When I woke up, I felt excited. I was going to wear my new red shoes to school. New things make me feel excited.

I went downstairs to breakfast planning to eat my favorite cereal, but my brother ate it all. He didn't leave any for me, and I felt really annoyed.

It took me so long to eat breakfast that I left the house three minutes late. I felt anxious that I might miss the bus.

I didn't miss the bus after all, so then I felt relieved.

The bus got stuck in traffic, and I wasn't sitting near any of my friends. I felt so bored sitting on the bus that I couldn't wait to get to school.

When we finally got to school, I saw my friend Susan. She told me her dog Shadow died last night. She felt sad, and I felt sad, too. We both loved Shadow.

During math class, my teacher was explaining something about fractions. I didn't understand at all. I felt confused and frustrated. Fractions are hard!

At lunch, Frank stole my cookie and I felt angry. How dare he take that? I really wanted that cookie.

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