Sometimes students have a difficult time accepting when things are different
than their own perspective. This includes the interests of peers. I often
have students who are incredulous that other kids don’t like what they do.
They try to persuade, even using bully-like behavior, to change their peers’
minds. This social story takes it very concrete to explain that we all have
different likes because we are each our own person with our own brains.
We give an example of positive self-talk to use to increase our kiddos tolerance.
At the end is a super fun group activity. My kids have a blast doing this. We
individually look at each student’s “brain” allowing them to give us their personal
interests and smarts. This helps to solidify the concept that different brains
produce different likes.