Social Stories on Running Away

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 review what social stories are and how to use them to help your special needs students. We'll then look at several examples of social stories on running away.

What Are Social Stories?

Social stories are short narratives that describe a situation a student may be struggling with. The social story explains the student's current or potential behavior and how that behavior makes others feel, and then the story explains what a more appropriate behavior would be. Social stories can be used to address all types of behavior issues. Today, we'll look at social stories that involve running away.

Running Away From School

Example 1: Feeling Overwhelmed

School can be overwhelming for me sometimes. There are lots of people, noises, and things to look at. School doesn't feel overwhelming to other students. They don't understand that school can be too much for me.

When I get overwhelmed, my chest gets tight and my thoughts go too fast. I don't like feeling overwhelmed. I want to stop feeling overwhelmed as fast as I can.

Sometimes, to stop feeling overwhelmed, I run away from the classroom. I try to run away from the things that are overwhelming me.

But, if I run away from the classroom, I can get hurt. My teacher wants me to be safe, so she wants me to stay in the classroom. If I tell my teacher I feel overwhelmed, she can help me take a break. If I get to take a break, then I will feel calm. If I feel calm, I won't have to run away. I can feel calm and stay in the classroom.

You can use images to show students which behaviors are not appropriate in your social story.
running away

My teacher is happy when I stay in the classroom. I like it when my teacher is happy. If my teacher is happy, I will be happy too.

Example 2: Impulse Control

I really like playing outside. It's fun to use the swings and climb on the jungle gym. When I play outside, I am happy. I like being happy.

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