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Social Stories for Friendship

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Making friends is not easy for all students, but working on it is always worthwhile. This lesson offers social stories that will teach your students about friendship, how it works and why it matters.

Social Stories and Friendship

In your class, do you have students on the autism spectrum, students who struggle with emotional and physical self-regulation, or students who have a hard time with speech and language? You can help them with their challenges making and keeping friends using social stories. A social story is a chunk of scripted language told in anecdotal form from a student's point of view to offer vocabulary strategies and concepts that will help a student make sense of a challenging scenario. This lesson offers two examples of social stories related to friendship.

Making New Friends

Sometimes, when I see kids playing, I want to play along with them. Sometimes, when I go home after school, I want to bring another kid with me to play. This is because I am learning to make friends. Making friends is when you like a kid and the kid likes you, and you learn to spend time together and enjoy each other.

Making friends is not always easy. Sometimes I feel shy when I am starting to make friends. I am nervous and do not know what to do or say. When I want to be friends with another kid and I feel shy, I tell myself, Just take a deep breath and try your best. This helps me remember that I can do it. I say to the other kid, Can I play? . The kid shows me what he/she is doing. Joining in a game is a great way to make friends.

Being kind to people is another great way to make friends. Sometimes, I help other kids when they are having trouble tying their shoes or climbing a structure. Then, they help me when I am having a hard time calming down or reaching something high. This helps us know each other, and when you know each other, you can become friends.

Sometimes, I might need help from a grown-up when I am making friends. I can say to a grown up, Can you help me make friends with Jamie? The grown-up will help me invite Jamie to play after school. I can learn what Jamie likes to play, and we can have a fun time together. This is a great way to get to be friends.

Making friends means using my words sometimes. I can say, Do you want to be my friend? It feels so good when the other kid says yes. Then we can play together at recess and have play dates after school.

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