Most kids are fascinated with scabs or bites and will at some point pick or scratch them too much. As adults we know this can not only be gross, messy and dangerous but at school it can be distracting and problematic. First and foremost, if you have a chronic picker, you may want to contact your school nurse and the parent. Chronic scab picking can be a condition that may warrant professional mental health support. However, most scab pickers can decrease these behaviors with a 2 fold strategy: education about scabs and alternative replacement behaviors. Some teachers or counselors may also want to use positive punishment, or the use of a negative consequence after scab picking is exhibited. This social story goes into enough detail to explain what a scab is, why it’s important, alternative replacement behaviors and also several effective positive punishment examples (delete these if you don’t want to use them). Additionally, we use some basic perspective taking to look at the thought bubbles of what the scab picker’s peers might be thinking.