Social Stories on Winning & Losing

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Winning and losing can be really challenging for students with disabilities that impact their socialization. This lesson offers social stories that will help with winning and losing.

Using Social Stories

If you work with students on the autistic spectrum, or those who struggle with social skills for other reasons, it can help to use social stories, or scripts students can tell themselves to help understand what they are going through and how to cope. The social stories offered here will help your students deal with the feelings and behaviors often associated with winning and losing.

Social Story for Winning

Sometimes, my friends and I play games. We play games at home, outside, or in school. Some games are competitive. That means the games can have a winner and a loser.

When I win a game, it means I did better at the game than somebody else. It might mean I scored more points, it might mean I was faster at something, or it might mean I knew more information.

When I win a game, I have a lot of different feelings. Sometimes I feel proud. When I am proud, it makes me smile and feel bigger, stronger, or smarter than I usually feel. When I feel proud, I can say to someone else, 'I feel really proud right now.' When I feel proud, it is important to remember that some people are not feeling proud along with me. After I say, 'I feel proud,' I should keep my proud feelings inside me.

When I win a game, I sometimes feel excited. When I am excited, I want to shout, run around, and jump. Sometimes, I even want to hit, yell, or scratch because I am so excited. When I am excited, I can say, 'I feel really excited right now.' When I am excited, I can punch a punching bag, pillow, or soft toy. If I am outside when I am excited, I can shout about it.

When I win a game, it means that someone else probably lost the game. That person might feel sad or angry. I can make that person feel better. I can say to that person, 'Good job,' 'Good game,' or 'Let's play again soon.'

Social Story for Losing

Sometimes, my friends and I play games. We play games outside and inside, at home, and at school. Some games are competitive. That means they have a winner and a loser.

When I lose a game, it means someone else did better at the game than I did. Maybe they answered more questions correctly, maybe they scored more points, or maybe they were faster.

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