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Ch 3: Appropriate Behavior Social Stories

About This Chapter

Help your special education students learn about appropriate behavior by utilizing the social stories available in this teacher resource chapter. Our lessons cover a variety of behaviors and issues to help boost your confidence while addressing and teaching your students.

Appropriate Behavior Social Stories - Chapter Summary

This informative chapter offers many social stories that help your special education students understand appropriate behavior. Our instructors present stories covering potential classroom issues such as biting, aggressive behavior and spitting, while also encouraging positive behaviors like listening, understanding personal space and clean up time. These lessons are written by professional instructors who understand how to effectively teach special education students about the unique issues they may face in a way that's engaging, interesting and will capture their attention.

How It Helps

  • Covers sensitive topics: With lessons on behaviors such as keeping clothes on, kissing and appropriate eye contact, you're sure to be able to handle sensitive and challenging behaviors in the classroom.
  • Gives you confidence: Because these lessons have been created by professional instructors with specific special education backgrounds, you can feel confident these lessons offer trusted and proven instruction.
  • Makes planning easier: These materials are accessible to you 24 hours a day on your computer, mobile phone or tablet for convenient and completely flexible study.

Skills Covered

This chapter is designed to help you utilize social stories about a variety of appropriate behaviors, including the following topics:

  • Manners, listening to parents and following directions
  • Screaming, aggressive behavior and hitting
  • Stealing, no pinching and noise making
  • Staring at others, sharing, lying and arguing
  • Keeping clothes on, personal space, getting dressed and clean up time
  • No biting, spitting and getting attention appropriately
  • Pulling hair, touching others' things and scratching
  • Eye contact, greeting others and kissing
  • Dinner time, winning and losing and tattling
  • Inappropriate language, interrupting and tattling

39 Lessons in Chapter 3: Appropriate Behavior Social Stories
Social Stories on Personal Space

1. Social Stories on Personal Space

Personal space can be a difficult concept for many students to understand. This lesson offers some social stories you can use to help your students understand taking their own space and giving space to others.

Social Stories on Keeping Clothes On

2. Social Stories on Keeping Clothes On

Social stories can make a big difference in teaching students about socially appropriate behavior. This lesson offers you social stories you can use to teach your students about keeping their clothes on.

Clean Up Time Social Stories

3. Clean Up Time Social Stories

Cleaning up is often something students try to avoid, but it is an important aspect of the day to participate in. This lesson offers social stories that will help your students think about why it matters to clean up and how they can help.

Social Stories on Pulling Hair

4. Social Stories on Pulling Hair

Social stories can be a tremendous help when it comes to teaching your students about appropriate behavior. The social stories in this lesson focus specifically on why it is not okay to pull people's hair.

Social Stories on Getting Attention Appropriately

5. Social Stories on Getting Attention Appropriately

Teaching students to get attention appropriately is an important part of teaching them to take care of themselves. This lesson offers social stories that focus on good ways to get someone else's attention.

Social Stories on Getting Dressed

6. Social Stories on Getting Dressed

Getting dressed can be a major challenge for some students with disabilities and their families. These social stories will help students understand why getting dressed matters and how to make it a less difficult experience.

Social Stories on Interrupting

7. Social Stories on Interrupting

In this lesson, we'll briefly review what social stories are and their place in teaching students with autism. Then, we'll look at examples of social stories about interrupting others as well as suggestions for how to create your own.

Social Stories on Spitting

8. Social Stories on Spitting

In this lesson, we'll briefly review what a social story is and how to construct one. After that, you'll read some sample social stories about spitting and its consequences.

Social Stories on Eye Contact

9. Social Stories on Eye Contact

Making eye contact can be a real challenge for students with some disabilities. This lesson offers social stories that teach about the importance of eye contact and some strategies for making it easier.

Social Stories on Greeting Others

10. Social Stories on Greeting Others

When students know how to greet others appropriately, they have an advantage in many different kinds of social settings. This lesson offers social stories that teach students different kinds of greetings.

Dinner Time Social Stories

11. Dinner Time Social Stories

A good social story can make all the difference in a student's experience of a difficult situation. The social stories in this lesson are oriented toward helping children navigate dinner time.

Social Stories on Inappropriate Language

12. Social Stories on Inappropriate Language

Sometimes students with special needs use inappropriate language. Today, we're going to learn how you can use social stories to help them with this behavior. Here, we'll review what a social story is and go over several examples.

Social Stories on Touching Others' Things

13. Social Stories on Touching Others' Things

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 for Scratching

14. Social Stories for Scratching

This lesson will focus on examples of social stories to prevent scratching. First, we'll review what social stories are and then give examples for several different scenarios in which students might scratch someone else or themselves.

Social Stories on Tattling

15. Social Stories on Tattling

Understanding tattling is almost never easy for students, and it can be especially difficult for those who struggle socially. This lesson provides you with social stories that will help you manage tattling in your classroom.

Social Stories on Kissing

16. Social Stories on Kissing

Kissing can be a complicated phenomenon for students to understand. The social stories in this lesson teach students what kissing is, how it can feel, and when it is and is not appropriate.

Social Stories for Following the Rules

17. Social Stories for Following the Rules

It is important for students to learn to follow the rules, but it's not necessarily easy! This lesson offers social stories that will help you teach your students why rule-following is important.

Social Stories on Whining

18. Social Stories on Whining

Dealing with students' whining can be frustrating and overwhelming for teachers. The social stories in this lesson offer you some different ways to talk to students about the causes and pitfalls of whining.

Social Stories for Eating Non-Food Items

19. Social Stories for Eating Non-Food Items

Eating, or trying to eat, things that are not food is a fairly common childhood behavior. This lesson provides social stories that will help your students think through why they should not eat non-food items.

Social Stories for Quiet Hands

20. Social Stories for Quiet Hands

Teaching kids to keep their hands quiet can help them stay focused in class and relate respectfully to others. This lesson offers social stories that you can use for teaching quiet hands.

Social Stories for Nose Picking

21. Social Stories for Nose Picking

Though many children pick their noses, it is not appropriate social behavior. This lesson offers social stories to make it more comfortable for you to talk to your students about nose picking.

Social Stories for Tone of Voice

22. Social Stories for Tone of Voice

It can be really hard for students to learn to use an appropriate tone of voice. This lesson offers social stories that you can use to help children learn why their tone of voice is important, and how they can read and regulate tone.

Social Stories for Sleeping Through the Night

23. Social Stories for Sleeping Through the Night

Helping children sleep through the night can be especially challenging, but it's very important for parents and children alike. This lesson offers two social stories to help teach your students about sleeping through the night.

Social Stories for Sleeping in Your Own Bed

24. Social Stories for Sleeping in Your Own Bed

It is so common for children to want to sleep in bed with their parents. If this is not working for the family, the social stories in this lesson might help your students learn to sleep in their own beds.

Social Stories for Pushing

25. Social Stories for Pushing

Helping children learn to treat others properly is a big part of your job as a teacher. This lesson offers social stories that teach kids why they should not push and what they should do instead of pushing.

Social Stories for Hitting

26. Social Stories for Hitting

Social stories are excellent resources for teaching a variety of social and behavioral lessons. In this lesson, you will find social stories dealing with hitting and not hitting.

Social Stories on Staring at Others

27. Social Stories on Staring at Others

When a student is consistently displaying impolite behavior, it might be time to use a social story. In this lesson, you'll find some examples of social stories that address staring at others.

Social Stories for Screaming

28. Social Stories for Screaming

When children scream inappropriately, it can be aggravating as well as detrimental to their learning and social development. The social stories in this lesson will help your students understand why they should not scream.

No Pinching Social Stories

29. No Pinching Social Stories

Social stories can go a long way toward helping students improve their behavior. The ones in this lesson are oriented specifically toward helping students remember not to pinch other people.

Stealing Social Stories

30. Stealing Social Stories

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.

Social Stories on Lying

31. Social Stories on Lying

One way to address adverse student behaviors is through social stories. In this lesson, you'll find some social stories that deal with the topic of lying and its common causes.

Noise Making Social Stories

32. Noise Making Social Stories

In this lesson, we'll review what social stories are and how to use them to discourage students from making noise at inappropriate times. We'll also look at several examples you can personalize and use with your own students.

Social Stories About Arguing

33. Social Stories About Arguing

When is arguing okay? When is it not okay? What can you do instead? In this lesson you will read social stories that answer these questions about arguing.

Social Stories for Stealing

34. Social Stories for Stealing

How do you teach students about negative behaviors such as stealing? One option is to use social stories. In this lesson, you will find social stories dealing with stealing.

Social Stories on Manners

35. Social Stories on Manners

Teaching social skills such as manners can be time-consuming. In this lesson you will find a few examples of social stories that can be used to teach students about manners.

Social Stories on Listening to Parents

36. Social Stories on Listening to Parents

In this lesson, we'll look at some examples of social stories about listening to parents. We'll explain what social stories are and how to use them in different situations to improve child behavior.

Following Directions Social Stories

37. Following Directions Social Stories

In this lesson, we'll go over a difficult skill for some students, following directions. We'll briefly review what a social story is and then go over some examples you can use with your own students.

No Biting Social Stories

38. No Biting Social Stories

Social stories can be a great way to help children learn about appropriate behavior in stressful settings. The ones in this lesson deal explicitly with helping children learn not to bite.

Social Stories for Aggressive Behavior

39. Social Stories for Aggressive Behavior

Do you need new and engaging strategies for managing aggressive behavior in your classroom? This lesson describes the use of social stories to manage behaviors with positive narratives.

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