Autism Social Narratives: Getting Adult Attention and Waiting (Special Ed)

Grade Levels
PreK - 12th, Homeschool
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42 pages
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A social narratives are very useful for helping individuals on the autism spectrum to understand others’ perspective, share information about new or problematic situations, and provide coping strategies for maintaining appropriate behavior and social responses. I have used them successfully with a wide variety of students who don’t have autism as well. Each narrative is in a format with one idea and picture on each page and an identical story in which the whole story is contained on 1 page with a picture for each idea next to the line.


What’s Included?

This product contains 4 social narratives in 2 different formats focused on teaching students to request attention appropriately and waiting for attention. It can be used to address common blurting out and inappropriate behaviors students may use to get attention, teaching students to wait for attention of the teacher, or as part of a more formal program in Functional Communication Training (FCT) to teach a replacement behavior of asking for attention appropriately. It also includes a teaching protocol for teaching a student to gain attention appropriately to replace inappropriate behaviors that function to gain attention.

Each social narrative includes descriptive sentences, perspective sentences that talk about how other students and the teachers perceive the student’s behavior, and coping strategies to help the student use the new replacement behavior.

Waiting for My Teacher’s Attention: focuses on raising hands in place of yelling or interrupting the teacher.

Getting Attention: Focuses on calling the teacher’s name to get attention in place of yelling or throwing things.

How I Can Get Attention: Focuses on raising hands and calling the teacher’s name with coping strategies for how wait for the teacher to respond.

Waiting for Attention: Focuses on specifically teaching a student to wait after asking for attention using a wait card.

2 Wait Visuals: These are used to give to the student when teaching waiting.

1 teaching protocol for using FCT for attention-seeking behaviors.

A Sorting Practice Activity

This package also includes a simple sorting activity for students to practice identifying appropriate (expected) ways to gain attention, expected (appropriate) behaviors during waiting, and inappropriate (unexpected) ways of gaining attention. Sorting pictures can also be used for visual reminders.


For more classroom materials for students with autism and special education

I Can Stay Calm: Social Narratives and Visual Supports for Autism

Thumbs Up: Token Systems for Behavior Management.


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This product is copyrighted to Christine Reeve 2014 for use in one classroom. They may not be copied for additional classes without purchasing extra licenses. For bulk discounts, please email me at

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