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Social Stories for Nose Picking

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Though many children pick their noses, it is not appropriate social behavior. This lesson offers social stories to make it more comfortable for you to talk to your students about nose picking.

Social Stories and Behavior

As teachers and parents, we are sometimes in the position of talking to children about behaviors that feel awkward to discuss, such as nose picking. Nose picking is such a common habit among children, since they do not necessarily understand the impact it can have on others around them. One way to talk to students about nose picking is by using social stories.

Social stories are brief tales that offer explicit language for students to repeat and internalize around particular behaviors and situations. These stories can often be particularly helpful for students with special needs, who benefit from explicit terms and phrases they can memorize and specific strategies they can use to stop a particular behavior. The social stories in this lesson focus on teaching your students not to pick their noses in public.

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