Stealing Social Stories

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

If you are concerned about your students' stealing, you might consider using social stories to teach them why stealing is a problem. This lesson provides examples you can modify to meet your students' needs.

Stealing and Social Stories

Social stories are chunks of scripted language that you can use to teach your students about appropriate social and interpersonal behavior using specific and carefully selected vocabulary words, strategies and concepts. They can be especially helpful for students with autism, or those who struggle with speech, language or emotional regulation. The stories in this lesson are specifically oriented toward teaching students about the problems with stealing.

Stealing From Friends and Family

I like to play with my friends, and I like to play with my sister and cousin. When we play together, we have lots of fun! My friends have really nice toys at their houses, and my sister has a special doll with golden hair. Sometimes, I feel jealous of these toys: I wish the toys belonged to me, and I could keep them in my own room all the time.

When I feel jealous, I also get a little angry that the toys do not belong to me and I can't play with them all the time. I know that jealousy and anger are okay feelings to have, but not act on.

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