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Social Stories on Staring at Others

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

When a student is consistently displaying impolite behavior, it might be time to use a social story. In this lesson, you'll find some examples of social stories that address staring at others.

It's Not Polite to Stare!

When you were a child, your parents or grandparents probably told you, ''It's not polite to stare!''

Although they were right, now that it's time to explain this concept to your students, you may need a little help. Social stories can help you teach students about when certain behaviors, like staring, are inappropriate, and give them alternative ideas for appropriate behavior.

Let's look at some social stories about staring.

Social Stories about Staring at Others

Story One: You Look Weird

I went to the mall with my brother. While we were waiting to check out in one of the stores, I noticed the guy in front of us. He had long, floppy hair, and one piece of his hair was green. He was wearing striped pants, a checkered shirt and a big baggy purple coat. He looked weird! I just kept staring and staring at him because of the way he looked.

I thought that since the guy standing in front of us looked weird, he might do something weird, too. As I found that idea funny, I kept watching him - just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Then my brother saw me staring and whispered, ''Stop staring. It's rude.''

''What should I do? He looks weird,'' I said to my brother.

''It doesn't matter. Find something else to look at.''

I didn't want to be rude, so I tried to take my brother's advice. I looked at the price tags on the items I was buying and added the prices together. Then I got my money out, so that when it was our turn to pay, I was ready. Most importantly, I stopped staring at that guy.

Story Two: You Look Different

Sometimes, I see people that surprise me. Then I have to remind myself that I should not stare at them.

For example, I saw a woman in a wheelchair at the movie theater, but no one was pushing it! She was driving her wheelchair with a joystick, just like the kind I use for my videogames! I wanted to look at her chair some more. However, staring is rude, so I just kept walking.

At the grocery store, I saw a woman wearing a veil on her head. I wondered what her face looked like behind the veil, but I remembered that staring is rude, so I just nodded 'hello' to her and kept on shopping.

At the library, I saw a man with a dog. The dog had a fancy harness that said ''Service Dog.'' I'd heard of service dogs that help blind people, so I wondered if the man was blind. I wanted to keep looking at him to see if I could tell why he needed a service dog. But staring is rude, and you shouldn't bother service dogs. Instead, I made sure that both the dog and the man had plenty of room to move down the library aisle.

Story Three: I Like You

I really like the girl next door. She's pretty, and whenever she sees me, she smiles and says 'hi.' I want to be just like her when I grow up. If I want to be just like her, I need to know everything about her. So I watch her from my window when she is in her backyard weeding flowerbeds. I also watch her when she's sitting in her lawn chair reading and when she gets in her car to go somewhere.

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