Social Stories for Kids with ADHD

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, you'll learn how to apply social stories to help students with ADHD. By the end of the lesson you'll not only understand what social stories are, but have several examples to share with your students.

What Are Social Stories?

Your students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) don't always understand how their actions affect others. You can use social stories - short narratives that explain how a behavior is affecting a student and others - to help these students. These stories identify a target behavior to improve, explain how other people feel about it, and what the student can do to get better. Let's look at some examples.

Examples That Address ADHD Behaviors

All social stories should start with a behavior specific to the student, and include images as needed showing the student what the situation looks like.

Shouting Out

Sometimes I get really excited in class about something I'm thinking that isn't about the lesson. I feel like what I have to say is really important. I don't want to forget what I want to say, and I think it might be interesting to others.

I sometimes shout out what I want to say, even when it isn't my turn. This upsets my teacher because it distracts other students and gets our lesson off track. She doesn't think it's the right time to say what was so important to me, and would like me to be quiet until she is done talking so we can learn.

Learning is important. I like learning. It makes me happy. To keep learning, I shouldn't shout out things that pop into my head. Instead, I can write down what I want to say and save it for later. I will still get to say my thoughts, but not interrupt the teacher. Not interrupting makes my teacher and my classmates happy, so I will feel happy too.

If I really need to say something, I can raise my hand and wait on my teacher to call on me.

Include images that model positive behavior for students
raising hands

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