Description: Use this social story to teach your students that we say nice words at school, not naughty words, like “shut up” and curse words (swear words). This is a 6-page story with color pictures and simple phrases to engage your youngest students or your older students with autism or other developmental differences.
Inspiration: The story was made specifically for a 3-year-old boy who used naughty words at school. His teachers used “time out” as a behavior modification, so this story talks about time out as a consequence for naughty words, which may not be appropriate for your students.
Targeted Group: Young talkers (2 – 3 years old) through older children with developmental delays or disorders. The language is simple, with words like “mommy” and “play with my friends”, which may not be appropriate for some older children. Ideal for use in early intervention, preschool, pre-K, kindergarten, special ed classroom, or speech therapy.
Use: Read the story with the child often to help the child remember the concepts. It is important to read the story as a behavior modification after the child says naughty words, to help the child make the connection between the behavior and the social story.
Created by Kate Shepard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Copyright Notice: Artwork created by Boardmaker (Mayer-Johnson) and edited by Kate Shepard.