Social Stories for Privacy

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

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

Students often have trouble understanding concepts like privacy. Using social stories can help. In this lesson, you'll find some examples of social stories about privacy.

Teaching Abstract Concepts

Concepts like privacy can be abstract and confusing to students, especially to those with social or cognitive disabilities. Social stories are short descriptions of concrete situations that can be used to help students understand them. Let's look at some social stories that deal with privacy.

Use social stories to teach your students about privacy.

Social Stories for Privacy

Story One: What Does Privacy Mean?

Sometimes my sister says she wants privacy. What does she mean? She goes in her room and closes the door, and I can hear her talking on the phone and listening to music. Why can't I go in my sister's room with her?

Mom says to give my sister privacy. Everyone should be able to have his or her own space. Maybe my sister wants to talk to her friends without anyone else listening. Maybe she is tired of being with people all day and wants to be alone.

When my sister says she wants privacy, I need to respect her wishes. And if I tell her I want privacy, she should respect my wishes, too.

Story Two: When Do I Need Privacy?

Sometimes it is important for me to have privacy. Privacy means being by myself or being alone.

I need privacy when I am using the bathroom, taking a shower, and getting dressed. No one else needs to see me when I am doing those things.

When I am frustrated or mad, sometimes I need privacy. I need to be alone for a few minutes until I am calm enough to make good choices.

Sometimes I like to have privacy just to relax. Privacy means I don't have to talk to anyone, and no one talks to me. Privacy can mean taking a break from people, and sometimes I need a break.

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