Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Social Stories for Expected School Behavior

Looking for some tools to have ready in your classroom day one of the school year to help your kiddos learn expected behaviors for a variety of school environments?  I love using these stories that cover some of the most important social skills needed in school.

What are social narratives (or stories)?  They describe social situations by providing explanations of the feelings and thoughts of others in the social situation.  Social narratives  can help students with autism eliminate problem behaviors, especially when they are told what TO DO in place of any problem behaviors.  Using text and/or pictures can help your students better comprehend the content of the story.

I also like social narratives because they give all the different staff working with the students the same language/behavior expectations for the students. For instance, if I want the staff to use the term "hands to self" instead of "nice hands" or "quiet hands" I may specify that in a social story.  Also, sometimes for staff new to a special ed room, it can be difficult to remember to specify the expected behavior ("walk in the halls") instead of the unexpected ("don't run").  Social stories are another great way to model this language for staff in the classroom. 

I currently have this product in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that addresses good behavior expectations in a variety of school environments (auditorium, cafeteria, recess, hallway, and field trips).  Each social narrative has words and pictures to describe the appropriate behaviors in those settings. 

Social narratives can be read every day or on an as needed basis.  These can also be sent home so parents can review them with their children.  These stories are great for reviewing in the beginning of the school year to remind your returning students and teach your new students the school expectations. 

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