All young children have some inappropriate behavior. There may be
many reasons for them. Maybe they have not learned appropriate replacement
behaviors (or have not become fluent in them) or perhaps the inappropriate
behavior feels good. With nose picking it could be both. Most experts agree to
continue to give gentle reminders, demonstrate replacement behaviors and be
patient. However, sometimes we educators find there is one or two kids who
may be having an especially tough time with refraining from picking his/her noses.
This social story is a nice gentle reminder that may be read several times in a week,
and used in conjunction with practice of tissue using. I have even used over-correction
in this area, where we practice 5, 6, 7 times in a row of going to the box of tissues,
grabbing one and pretend using one. As always, a pre-correct goes a long way;
“Remember boys and girls, if you need there are tissues right here to blow or fix your nose.” And be sure to give your kid positive, gentle props, “Good job remembering to use a tissue”. It is always better to focus on the behavior you want to see, rather than the behavior you want to replace. Patience and persistence will help change this inappropriate behavior.