Social Stories on Being Flexible

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

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

Social stories are excellent resources for teaching students with social and cognitive disabilities about a variety of social challenges. In this lesson, you will find social stories about being flexible.

Change Is Hard

Students with social and cognitive disabilities are often heavily dependent on routine. When their routines are challenged, they may not know how to respond. Some teachers prepare students for changes in routine using social stories. Social stories take common scenarios that students may face and explain what to expect and how to react.

The social stories in this lesson deal with being flexible. When you're aware of an upcoming event that has the potential to challenge your students, you may want to add specific personal details to give the stories more impact.

Social Stories on Being Flexible

We Skipped Math Today

Every day at school we do things in the same order. I like that, because I like to know what is going to happen next. First we do morning work, then math.

Today after morning work, my teacher Mrs. Wheeler told us to get out our science notebooks and jackets, then line up to go outside. She said we were going to work on an experiment. Everyone else got their stuff and lined up, but I stayed at my desk and got out my math book.

Mrs. Wheeler said we would do math later, and that I needed to line up. When I refused to move, she had Ms. Jensen, the guidance counselor, come and talk to me.

Ms. Jensen said I need to learn to be flexible. I know that when the gym teacher wants us to be flexible, he wants us to be bendy and touch our toes and stuff. But I didn't know what being bendy had to do with changing math time.

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