Social Stories on Greeting Others

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

When students know how to greet others appropriately, they have an advantage in many different kinds of social settings. This lesson offers social stories that teach students different kinds of greetings.

Social Stories and Greetings

Students with autistic spectrum disorders, speech and language delays, or difficulties with social and emotional self-regulation are often unsure how to greet others appropriately. They can get extra help with this skill from social stories, short scripted narratives that help students think through the language, emotions and strategies involved in new, confusing or potentially stressful situations. The examples in this lesson consider shy and aggressive students' perspectives, and how to greet adults.

Social Story for a Shy Student

When I am around people, I feel happy to be around them, but I do not always know how to talk to them. Sometimes, people look nice to me, but I just feel small and my heart starts racing when I think about talking to them. Other times, people look scary to me and I just want to hide far away from them.

I know that I can have a good time with people if I can greet them in a friendly way. Greeting someone can help me feel less small or frightened. When I feel scared about greeting someone, it helps to close my eyes and count to five very slowly first. I take two deep breaths to help myself calm down, and I picture the face of someone I love. I even pretend that person is there helping me sometimes!

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