Social Stories on Touching Others' Things

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Social stories can help students understand the complexities of different social situations and navigate specific stressors. This lesson offers social stories related to touching other people's things.

Social Stories and Property

When children struggle with social or emotional cues for any number of reasons, they might have a hard time understanding that they can get into trouble if they touch and borrow other people's things. Social stories offer scripted, careful language designed to teach children about social scenarios and how to navigate them. This lesson's examples are oriented specifically toward the concept of touching other people's things.

Touching Kids' Things

At my school, I have friends I like to play with and spend time with. Sometimes, I go to my friends' houses. When I am at their houses, we play together with toys and games. When toys are out at their houses, I like to touch the toys. I know that it is okay to touch things at their houses as long as we are playing together.

Sometimes, my friends bring their toys or other special things to school. My friend Mike likes to bring mechanical pencils. My friend Chandra brings keychains with stuffed animals attached to her backpack. When I see these things, I really want to touch them! I feel like they are really special, and my hands and brain tell me they want to know how the things feel and how they work.

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