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. This social story acknowledges that things happen at school that kids don't like and that they may get upset, wanting the teachers and others to know how made they are, hence the pouting behavior. But then we remind our students that by school ages, we are expected to use our calm words, not our bodies to let others know how we feel. We also talk about how that makes other people feel, then the natural consequences of what happens when we pout and finally some replacement language to the pouting.