Social Stories on Listening to Parents

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.

In this lesson, we'll look at some examples of social stories about listening to parents. We'll explain what social stories are and how to use them in different situations to improve child behavior.

Social Stories

Social stories are brief, first person narratives that help autistic and other special needs students understand their actions and the actions of others. They identify students' typical behavior, how it makes them feel, how it makes other people feel and how students can handle similar situations a little better in the future.

Today, we're going to look at examples of social stories about students listening to their parents. Following directions can be difficult for students with impulse control issues, so we'll go over several situations and target behaviors that can help students do a better job of listening to their parents.

Social Stories about Listening to Parents

Story One: Listening During Playtime

I really like to play with my toys. Playing with my toys is fun and makes me feel good. But, I can't play with my toys all the time.

Sometimes, my parents tell me to stop playing with my toys and clean up. They want me to clean up so we can do something else. When I don't want to clean up my toys, sometimes I throw a tantrum. I lie on the floor and yell because I don't want to stop playing with my toys.

Use images to show students what behaviors not to use.

When I have a tantrum, my parents get upset. They want me to clean up so we can do important things, like chores. Doing chores is important because it helps my parents. I like helping my parents. I should listen to my parents and follow their directions so I can help them. This will make my parents happy and then I will be happy too!

Story Two: Listening at the Park

I like to go to the park. My mom takes me to the park after school. But, there are rules for being at the park. When we're at the park, my mom says that I need to stay close to her.

But sometimes, I see something interesting at the park that is far away, like a dog. Even though I know I'm supposed to stay close to my mom, I run away. I run away because I'm really interested in the dog and I want to get a closer look at it. My mom doesn't understand how important it is for me to see the dog right away, so she gets mad.

My mom wants me to stay close to her so I can be safe. I like feeling safe. Feeling safe makes me happy. So I should listen to my mom and stay with her.

Next time I want to see something far away at the park, I can tell my mom. Then we can walk to the faraway place together. I'll be listening to her directions while still getting to see the dog. If I listen to my mom, she will be happy and I will be happy too.

Story Three: Listening Before School

In the morning, my parents tell me when it's time to go to school. They tell me to get my bag, put my shoes on and get ready to leave. But sometimes, I don't want to leave home. Changing places feels scary, so I don't listen to my parents. My parents don't always understand that I feel scared. Sometimes, they get upset when I refuse to leave.

Even if I feel scared, it's important to listen to my parents. If I tell them I am scared to stop what I'm doing, they can help me feel better. When I feel better, I'll be ready to listen to them and get ready for school. I learn things in school, and I like learning. Learning makes me happy. When I tell my parents what I've learned, they're happy too.

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