Social Stories for Screaming

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

When children scream inappropriately, it can be aggravating as well as detrimental to their learning and social development. The social stories in this lesson will help your students understand why they should not scream.

Social Stories and Screaming

Some students have disorders on the autistic spectrum, struggles with speech and language development, or difficulties regulating their emotions and behavior. Such students can benefit from instruction in vocabulary, strategies and concepts related to challenging behaviors and stressful social situations. Social stories are anecdotes that are easy for children to understand and later apply to relevant scenarios. This lesson offers social stories that are designed to teach your students about inappropriate screaming.

Screaming at Family and Friends

My family loves me, and I love them. My friends like spending time with me, and I like spending time with them. I know that sometimes when I care about people, they can also make me really angry or excited. When I feel angry, my face gets red and hot. I feel all bunched up inside and like I might explode. When I feel excited, my arms start to move a lot and I feel like bouncing up and down.

Anger and excitement are called strong feelings, and when I have strong feelings, sometimes I want to scream really loud at my family or my friends. I want to scream so that they know how I feel, and I also want to scream as a way of letting my strong feelings out.

I know that when I scream at my family or my friends, it does not help them understand what I am feeling. It makes them upset and confused, and sometimes it even makes them want to get far away from me. When I feel like I am about to scream, it helps me to take a deep breath. Then it helps me to name my feeling. I can say, 'I feel really angry!' or 'I feel really excited!' If that does not help me get the feelings out, I can punch a pillow or go outside and run around as a way of getting my energy out.

People can understand me better when I use words and talk in a regular voice. When people understand me, they can help me. They want to be with me more because they know I will not start screaming at them.

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