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Social Stories for Following the Rules

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

It is important for students to learn to follow the rules, but it's not necessarily easy! This lesson offers social stories that will help you teach your students why rule-following is important.

Teaching with Social Stories

As a teacher, helping students to learn to manage their own behavior is one of your most important tasks. It can be a real challenge to get students to understand that rules are there for a reason, and that following them actually matters!

Incorporating social stories into your instruction is one way you can help students learn about following rules. Essentially, a social story is an anecdote that provides scripted language and explicit strategies for dealing with a complicated scenario. Though social stories are often used with children with special needs, such as autistic spectrum disorders or language delays, they can be beneficial to all children struggling with tricky situations.

Depending on your students' needs, you may review the stories with them daily or only as needed. You can also add images to each story to represent important actions or steps. The social stories in this lesson focus on teaching students why it matters to follow rules.

Following Rules at Home

In my house, we have a few different rules. Some of the rules are no breaking things, no running inside, and talk respectfully to others. The rules are there to keep everyone safe and to keep our home safe, too. Rules are important because they help us take care of ourselves, each other, and our things.

Sometimes, I forget to follow the rules in my house. I might want to run really fast or shout something mean at my family. Doing these things would be breaking the rules. When I break the rules, I am breaking the trust of others in my family. I might make them angry at me, and I might hurt myself or someone else. It is important to follow the rules, because following our home rules is part of being a good family member.

When I find myself about to break a rule, it helps me to just take a break. I go to my room and sit on my bed. I might cuddle a stuffed animal, read a book, or build something. I say to myself, ''Rules are there to keep me safe.'' This helps me calm down and remember why following our home rules is important.

When I follow the rules, my parents are proud of me, and I am proud of myself, too!

Following Rules at School

I love my classroom at school! I learn so many things from my teacher, and I like working on projects with my friends. I like lunch and recess time, too, because I get to play.

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