Social Stories on Inappropriate Language

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.

Sometimes students with special needs use inappropriate language. Today, we're going to learn how you can use social stories to help them with this behavior. Here, we'll review what a social story is and go over several examples.

What Are Social Stories?

Students with autism and other challenges have a hard time understanding the emotions of others and how their actions impact other people. Social stories are one type of tool to assist students in learning these skills. Written in a first person narrative, these short stories include pictures that clearly outline a negative behavior, why the student does it, how it affects other people, and what to do differently.

Examples

Although every child will have a unique story about their inappropriate language, here we'll go over some common examples.

Anger in General

Everyone gets angry sometimes.

Sometimes I feel angry.

I feel angry if my routine changes or I can't do things I want.

Images can show students what different emotions look like.
angry2

My teacher and my classmates get angry too.

But when I get angry, sometimes I use inappropriate language - like swearing.

My teacher and my classmates know not to swear.

When I swear, my teacher and my classmates get upset.

I don't want my teacher or classmates to feel upset.

Swearing is also rude - people don't like it.

I don't like being rude. I like being kind to people.

Being kind feels good.

I can also get in trouble with my teacher if I swear.

I don't like being in trouble.

I shouldn't swear even if I get angry.

Not swearing feels good and makes me feel happy.

Instead, I can explain that I'm angry and ask for help from an adult to feel better.

If I use appropriate language to say I'm angry, my teacher and my classmates will be happy.

Then I will be happy too.

Anger Towards Other People

When I'm in class, sometimes I get angry with other students.

If another student says something mean, or tries to take my toy, I get angry.

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