Staying Calm Social Stories

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Learning to stay calm amid stress or excitement can be really challenging for some students with special needs. The social stories in this lesson can give your students ideas about why and how to stay calm.

Using Social Stories

A social story is a scripted anecdote told from the point of view of a hypothetical student; it can help to teach real-life students some strategies and words they can use in a socially and emotionally stressful situation. Social stories can be especially useful when working with autistic children or those who struggle with communication and self-regulation by, for example, explaining why they sometimes need to stay calm and how they can do it.

Staying Calm When You Are Angry

I like to play and spend time with other people, like my friends, my teachers and my family. Other people are funny, nice and caring. Sometimes I learn things from them! But every now and then, other people make me angry. People make me angry when they touch my things, when they say words I don't like and when they look at me funny.

When I get angry, I feel my face turn red like it is burning. My hands bunch up into fists, and I want to throw something!

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