Social Stories on Coughing

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.

Social stories can help your students overcome behavior challenges in difficult situations. Here, we'll look at examples of social stories on coughing.

What Are Social Stories?

When students encounter new social situations, they won't always know what to do. They might have emotions that result in poor behavior. Social stories are one way to help your students work through these challenges. Social stories are short narratives that explain how a student is feeling in a situation, and how their behavior is making others feel, as well as what they could do next time.

Sickness in school can be a real problem. A flu or cold can run through a grade in days. Keeping our students healthy is important, but not all students know how to do this. These social stories will address the problem of coughing. Let's look at some examples.

Story 1: What Is Coughing?

Sometimes my body doesn't feel good. My head hurts. My throat hurts too. When I take a big breath, I just spew all the air right back out. My chest doesn't keep the air in and I feel like I can't breathe. This is coughing. Coughing means you are sick. I get scared when I cough because I can't breathe as well. I don't like coughing. I start to feel panicked, but that only makes me cough more.

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