Staying on Task Social Stories

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Social stories can be tremendously helpful to students in new, difficult, or stressful situations. This lesson offers some social stories that will help your students learn about the importance of staying on task at school and home.

The Role of Social Stories

If you work with students on the autistic spectrum, those with speech and language delays, or those who struggle with pragmatics, social cues, and emotional regulation, then social stories can be very useful for you. Social stories are chunks of scripted language that teach students vocabulary and strategies for coping with challenging situations. The ones in this lesson are particularly oriented toward teaching students about staying on task.

Staying on Task at School

My school is called Farmville Elementary, and I am in Room 24 where Ms. Ellwood is my teacher. Every morning, we have circle time and go over the day's schedule. At different times during my day, I do work at my desk. Sometimes I work alone, and sometimes I work with a grown up or a partner.

When I am doing work at school, it is my job to stay on task. Staying on task means keeping focused on the work that I am doing. Staying on task also means trying my best even when something feels hard.

Sometimes, staying on task is tricky because other things distract me. When I find myself getting distracted by something else in Room 24, I can say to myself, 'Back on track!' These words remind me to look back at my notebook and go back to what I am supposed to be doing.

Sometimes, staying on task is tricky because the work is really hard. When the work is hard and I do not want to do it, I can take a deep breath and say, 'Give it a try!' This reminds me to try my best even if I make mistakes. When the work still feels really hard, I can ask a grown up for help.

After I stay on task for a long time, I feel proud of myself. I feel excited because I learned something new, and I know that Ms. Ellwood will be pleased with me.

Staying on Task at Home

When I am at home, I have certain jobs to do. When my mom tells me to clean my room, I am supposed to make my bed, fold my clothes, and put my toys away. When my sister reminds me to set the table, I am supposed to put out forks, knives, napkins and drinking glasses. Doing jobs like these is one of my biggest responsibilities to my family.

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