Social Stories for Hygiene

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

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

Hygiene is important for everyone. However, some students struggle with learning hygiene. In this lesson you will find examples of social stories that can be used to teach students about hygiene.

Why Use Social Stories?

A social story provides a script for students who struggle with basic experiences and responsibilities. Teachers can use social stories to teach things like hygiene. Here are some examples that can be adapted depending on the age of your students.

You can use social stories to teach students about hygiene.

Hygiene Social Stories

Story One: What Stinks?

What stinks? Not me! I know that I don't stink because I take care of my body. I brush my teeth every morning and night so that my breath is fresh. If I eat something stinky for lunch, like garlic, I have a mint or chew some gum. I take a shower every day and wear clean clothes. I put on deodorant in the morning and again after an activity where I sweat a lot, like gym class or sports. I want to make sure I smell good so that people want to be near me. I don't stink!

Story Two: Brushing My Teeth

I like when people smile at me, and I like to smile back. I can smile with a great big smile because I have clean, shiny teeth. To keep my smile clean, I brush my teeth two times every day: in the morning and right before bed.

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