Social Stories on Keeping Clothes On

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Social stories can make a big difference in teaching students about socially appropriate behavior. This lesson offers you social stories you can use to teach your students about keeping their clothes on.

The Role of the Social Story

Some students really struggle with social cues and the behavior that is related to appropriate social experiences; children who have an especially hard time with this include those on the autism spectrum, those with other developmental challenges, and those with speech and language difficulties. A social story is a clear, scripted excerpt that helps students understand how a particular situation works, what they can expect and how they should comfort themselves. The social stories in this lesson pertain specifically to keeping clothes on.

Keeping Clothes On at Home

Every morning when I wake up, I get dressed. Sometimes, my parents help me pick out my clothes. I wear underwear, a shirt, pants, and socks. In different seasons, I wear different clothes.

The reason I wear clothes is partly because they keep me warm. Clothes also give me privacy, so that I can keep my body to myself. Sometimes at home, I am allowed to wear fewer clothes. When I was a baby I was allowed to be naked all the time. Now that I am older, though, I usually have to keep some clothes on.

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