Social Stories on Pulling Hair

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Social stories can be a tremendous help when it comes to teaching your students about appropriate behavior. The social stories in this lesson focus specifically on why it is not okay to pull people's hair.

Social Stories and Pulling Hair

A social story is a scripted anecdote told from a hypothetical student's point of view for the explicit purpose of teaching strategies and vocabulary words for dealing with difficult or complicated social and behavioral situations. These stories can be particularly helpful for students on the autistic spectrum, those with speech and language delays or those who struggle with self-regulation. These students tend to benefit from the use of extremely explicit language and instruction in social behavior. This lesson offers social stories about pulling people's hair.

Pulling Hair to Hurt

I like to play with the other kids in my class! We like to play tag together outside, and we like to play board games and card games in our classroom. Sometimes, when we are playing together, I feel happy and calm. Other times, the kids in my class make me feel so angry, like when I am losing a game or do not understand something.

When I am angry, I feel hot inside and my face turns red. While I'm bunching my hands up into fists, I feel like I might scream! Being angry makes me want to hurt another person. When I am angry with my friends, I really want to pull their hair, even though I know this will hurt them badly.

I know that pulling hair is never okay. Pulling hair hurts other people. When I pull people's hair, it makes them not want to play with me anymore. When they do not want to play with me, I feel really sad!

When I am so angry that I want to pull someone's hair, it is a good idea to step away from that person, take a deep breath and count to ten. It is also a good idea to find something else to pull or play with in my hands, like a piece of putty or special squeeze ball. When I am so angry that I want to pull hair, I can use words to say my feelings. I can say, 'I am really angry right now!' Then people know how I feel without me hurting them. I am always proud of myself when I handle my feelings without hurting someone else.

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