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Social Stories for Playing with Friends

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Learning to play with friends is so important, but it can also come with challenges for many students. This lesson offers social stories that teach students about playing with friends.

Using Social Stories for Friendship

Students with special needs sometimes benefit from learning language and strategies for functioning in different situations through social stories, or tales told from the perspective of an imaginary student with a similar profile. Playing with friends is a context that can be very joyful for students but simultaneously presents specific stresses, such as having to negotiate leadership, share toys, and use words to express your needs. The social stories in this lesson are designed for you to use with those students who need specific language to help them navigate these times.

Social Story About Playing with New Friends

Playing with friends is so much fun. It is easy for me to play with friends who I have known for a long time. We know each other really well, and we can find good activities to do together. We are used to playing the same games and solving the same problems.

It is harder to play with new friends sometimes. Making new friends can be really fun and important! When I make new friends, I learn new things and enjoy myself in different ways. But it can be hard to get used to playing with new friends. I might feel shy or worried. I might not know how to play with them. I might worry that they will not like my games.

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