Social Stories for Street Safety

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.

In this lesson, you'll be learning how to craft social stories to keep your students safe on the street. Here, we'll focus on keeping students safe while they are crossing the street and playing outside.

What Are Social Stories?

Social stories help students understand, objectively, what happens in a situation, how they may feel, how others feel, and how they are supposed to behave. This is especially helpful for students with autism, as they tend to have difficulties understanding how their actions affect others and the socioemotional state of people around them.

Keeping our students safe is one of our main priorities as teachers. Social stories can be used to teach students with autism safe behavior when they are both in the classroom and out on the street. Let's look at some examples of social stories for safe street behavior.

Crossing the Street

With a Parent

When I go out with my dad, we sometimes need to cross the street. Crossing the street can be dangerous because there are cars that drive on the road. The cars drive fast, and they could hurt us if we get in their way. To stay safe I should listen to my dad. I like being safe. Being safe makes me happy.

My dad will tell me to hold his hand and stick together. Sometimes I want to run away because I get excited or overwhelmed. If we are crossing the street it's very important that I still stay with my dad. If I run off, I can get hurt. I don't like being hurt.

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