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Social Stories for Inappropriate Touching

Instructor: Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

In this lesson, we'll be looking at some examples of social stories on inappropriate touching. They include social stories about students touching themselves as well as touching other people.

What Are Social Stories?

Social stories are short first person narratives that explain a difficult situation and how a student is behaving. Social stories teach students how certain behaviors make other people feel and explain what more appropriate behavior looks like.

Today, we'll learn how you can use these stories to teach your students about touching themselves or others inappropriately. When talking about inappropriate touching, it's important to emphasize that sexuality isn't bad, or ''dirty'', there are just appropriate times and places for such activities. Let's look at some examples.

Stories About Touching Myself

Story 1: Impulse Control

Sometimes I put my hands in my pants and touch myself. Putting my hands in my pants and touching myself feels good. This is a normal part of growing up. Lots of kids feel good when they touch themselves.

But I know I can only touch myself when I am at home in a private place. A private place to touch myself is in my bedroom or the bathroom with the door shut.

You can use images of places where touching is allowed and not allowed to help students distinguish appropriate places for this behavior.
house

Sometimes, I touch myself when I am at school or outside. This happens when I want to feel good right away.

The next time I want to feel good right away, I'm going to wait until I'm in a private place at home before I touch myself. If I touch myself in public, other people will be grossed out. I don't want other people to feel grossed out. So, I'm only going to touch myself in private.

If I have to wait to touch myself until I get home, that is okay. I can do something else, like look at a book or play with a toy instead of touching myself right away.

If I wait until I am at home in a private place to touch myself, other people will be happy. And I will be happy, too!

Story 2: Anxiety

When I am at school, I like to have the same routine everyday. If something happens and my class doesn't follow the same routine, I get anxious. I don't like feeling anxious. Feeling anxious makes me sad.

To get rid of the anxious feelings, sometimes I put my hands in my pants and touch myself. Touching myself makes me feel good. When I feel good, I don't feel anxious anymore. I like feeling good.

I know it's normal to feel good when I touch myself, but I also know I can only do that in private. Touching myself in public is not good. It makes other people feel gross and weird. They don't like feeling that way. They like to feel good, too, just like me. I want other people to feel good, so I'm only going to touch myself in private at home.

When I feel anxious at school, I can tell my teacher. She will help me calm down and take a break. When I am calm, I won't feel like touching myself. I'll also feel good because other people will be feeling good, too.

Touching Others

Story 1: Curiosity

I am a boy. I have boy parts. Girls have different parts. I am curious about girl parts, since I don't have them. I see girls on television, but I want to know how they feel in real life. Sometimes when I am at school, I touch girls because I am curious about their bodies.

But I know you shouldn't touch other people without their permission. It makes them uncomfortable and angry. They don't understand that I am just curious. I don't want to make other people feel uncomfortable and angry. I want them to be happy. If I want other people to be happy, I need to keep my hands to myself.

It's normal to be curious about boy and girl parts. But I can ask my teacher to help me learn about them from a book. I can learn about boy and girl parts from a book, but not by touching other people. I can still learn what I want to learn while keeping my hands to myself!

Show students examples of positive behavior and positive emotions.
hands to myself

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