Social Stories on Personal Space

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Personal space can be a difficult concept for many students to understand. This lesson offers some social stories you can use to help your students understand taking their own space and giving space to others.

The Need for Personal Space

Personal space is a concept that challenges many students on the autistic spectrum, students who struggle with emotional and physical regulation, and students with speech and language difficulties. Social stories can help students come to terms with the concept of personal space. Social stories are scripted language that teaches vocabulary and strategies for handling stressful situations and difficult concepts. This lesson offers sample social stories about personal space.

When You Need Personal Space

I love my friends and my family. I like to play with them, read books with them, cook with them and go places with them.

Sometimes, people who care about me want to be close to me. They might want to give me a hug or hold my hand. They might want to put an arm around me or just sit really close.

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