Social Stories for Scratching

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.

This lesson will focus on examples of social stories to prevent scratching. First, we'll review what social stories are and then give examples for several different scenarios in which students might scratch someone else or themselves.

What Are Social Stories?

Students with autism and other special needs sometime exhibit behaviors that are inappropriate or upsetting to other students. Getting them to understand how their actions affect others and the feelings of others can be challenging. One way to improve these skills is through social stories. Social stories are short narratives that describe a situation students are struggling with, what they usually do, how it makes others feel, and what they could do to improve.

Today, we'll look at different situations in which special education students use scratching behaviors, like scratching other people or themselves. This behavior is harmful, and social stories are one way to help your students stay safe.

Stories about Scratching Other People

Scratching My Classmates

Sometimes my classmates make me angry, like when they don't share with me, or say something that hurts my feelings. Everyone gets angry, and sometimes they get angry with me too. Sometimes when I get angry, I scratch other people. Scratching hurts other people and it makes them sad. I don't like anyone to be hurt or sad.

So if someone makes me angry, I can tell my teacher instead of scratching. The teacher will help me work out my problem and no one will get hurt - and we'll all be safe and happy!

Include images of what target emotions like happy look like for your students.

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