Biting is a common behavior for young kids, but also for students who don't know how to express their feelings in an acceptable manner. For those students who lack expressive language skills, biting might come as an easy way of letting the others around them know that they are mad or frustrated.
This social story addresses biting from three perspectives: biting oneself, biting others, and biting objects. Students will learn that biting is not ok because it hurts people (their body parts), or can make one's own teeth hurt, as well as it can lead to destruction of property.
The story illustrates the situations and things that are safe to bite and/or chew, like fruits, vegetables, food, or special chew toys, and things that are not safe to bite, like clothes, people, hard objects, or fingernails. Students learn that their mouths and teeth are for chewing, brushing, talking, singing, etc, and not for biting others.
Acceptable behavior suggestions are offered instead of biting: use words, use personal communication device, use hand signals, or teacher created signs, take a walk, take a break, take deep breaths, or ask an adult for help.
Students also learn the consequences of their actions (time out, visiting the principal's office, reparation actions, or friends not wanting to be around them anymore).