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Social Stories for Pushing

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Helping children learn to treat others properly is a big part of your job as a teacher. This lesson offers social stories that teach kids why they should not push and what they should do instead of pushing.

Social Stories and Appropriate Behavior

Do you have students who sometimes act aggressively toward each other, hitting or pushing when they do not get their way or when they feel angry? Though this behavior is typical to a certain extent, it is certainly undesirable, and you want to find strategies for helping students understand why they should not push. This can be particularly challenging when students have special needs that make verbal communication and social cues challenging for them.

One way to address the problem of pushing is by using social stories, or scripted anecdotes from the perspective of a hypothetical student. These stories help give students language, concepts and strategies for thinking through difficult social scenarios and topics. The social stories in this lesson are specifically oriented toward teaching students not to push.

Pushing Out of Anger

I like to play with my friends and spend time with other people. We play games together, play sports together and have fun conversations together.

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