Pouting, like sulking and whining, is a form of communication.
Children do this behavior for a reason. Pouting is a learned
behavior. If you have a student who is a frequent pouter,
it’s because it has been inadvertently reinforced, meaning, it has
worked to get what he wanted in the past (not necessarily with you).
Reacting to this behavior, is reinforcing in itself. Don’t be sucked into pouting!
What we want to teach our students is, it’s ok to be upset, but there
are much better ways of communicating our displeasure. This social
story will help explain this concept and give examples/scripts
of more appropriate ways to communicate. These alternative
communicative means should be taught when your student is calm and
able to listen.