Making Mistakes Social Stories and Behavioral Toolkit for Self-Regulation

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This is a great tool for students with ASD. I am a BCBA and I use this product with my in-home ABA clients and when I consult in school districts. You get a lot for your money with this bundle!
Great resource for my students who are scared or frustrated when they make a mistake. They responded very well to the visuals!


These social stories about making mistakes, along with the included behavioral tools for self-regulation, will help you teach your students how to stay calm and avoid giant meltdowns. The perfect addition to a PBIS or RTI program, this resource incudes 6 social stories plus contingency maps, 5-point scales, and graphic organizers for developing a growth mindset. Each social story is included in 2 formats (1-page and book format) and includes characteristics about making mistakes that may lead to problem behavior for your students.

These tools are all designed to help your students put the mistakes in perspective, reduce anxiety, understand potential outcomes, and choose and practice alternative behaviors. To save you time and help you implement the program, directions and suggestions of how I use the tools are also included.

✅ Please check out the preview for a deeper look at what's included and the different formats and sizes for the social stories and tools.

Who Are These Behavioral Tools Designed For?

These behavioral tools and strategies have been used successfully with a wide variety of students in a variety of situations and settings including those

  • with autism
  • with developmental delays
  • with emotional disabilities,
  • in general education,
  • in special education,
  • being served as part of PBIS programs, and
  • being assessed or treated through RTI.


6 Social Stories Focused on Making Mistakes

  1. It's Ok to Make a Mistake focuses on calming down when something isn't perfect.
  2. I Can Ask for Help focuses on understanding the student can ask for and accept help.
  3. I Can Handle Making a Mistake focuses on reminders that mistakes can be erased and corrected.
  4. Mistakes Don't Mean I'm Bad was designed for students who think in a black and white manner so that doing one thing wrong makes them or their work bad. It includes coping statements and reminders.
  5. Most Mistakes are Small Problems uses the Big Problem/Small Problem scale to share ideas about small problems and small reactions.
  6. I Can Learn From My Mistakes uses a growth mindset approach to help students know they can learn not to make the mistake again or ask others how to do it correctly to avoid the mistake next time.

Also Included

  • 5 size of the problem graphic organizers to help students determine the size of the problem and chart the appropriate reaction.
  • 3 Templates for 5 Point Scales to use for self-regulation and growth mindset
  • 8 Pre-Made Contingency Maps and 2 blank forms to use with pictures corresponding to the social stories to make your own & 2 blank ones.
  • Directions on how to use each of the tools

Each social story includes descriptive sentences about the mistake, 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.

Every story 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.

Students love these stories because it helps them learn how to understand the impact of their mistake. They also help them learn alternatives to their immediate habitual reaction to the anxiety or frustration the mistake provokes.

❤️ Here's What Others are Saying About These Making Mistakes Behavioral Tools

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ "Thank you so much for this amazing resource. My students loved it so much. They found it highly engaging and it help them communicate the information and how I can help them. Again, thank you so much!" ---Special Needs Embracing Autism

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ "I love these stories about making mistakes! Such a great way to visually show students it's totally okay to mess up! These were super simple to print and easy to understand for my student." --Simone P.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ "First off, the directions for use are very helpful. I really like the road map for students. The visuals you use are very clear and easy to understand. Thank you for such a purposeful product." --Jessica K.


For more social stories and tools for your behavioral toolkit, check out these resources

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

Social Stories - Waiting for Attention & Getting a Teacher's Attention


This product is copyrighted to Christine Reeve - Autism Classroom Resources 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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