Social Stories - Waiting for Attention & Getting a Teacher’s Attention

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Help students with autism develop social skills by teaching strategies for getting a teacher’s attention and waiting for attention through these social stories. This resource includes four social stories for teaching special education students to get and wait for an adult’s attention appropriately. Each social story is included in two formats: a book format with one idea and picture on each page and a 1 page printable with the entire story on a single page and a picture beside each idea.

This resource contains 4 social stories for attention and waiting:

  • Waiting for My Teacher’s Attention focuses on raising hands in place of yelling or interrupting the teacher.
  • Getting Attention focuses on calling the teacher’s name to get attention in place of yelling or throwing things.
  • How I Can Get Attention focuses on raising hands and calling the teacher’s name with coping strategies for how to wait for the teacher to respond.
  • Waiting for Attention focuses on specifically teaching a student to wait after asking for attention using a wait card.

Also included:

  • 2 wait visuals to give to the student when teaching waiting.
  • A teaching protocol for using Functional Communication Training (FCT)  for attention-seeking behaviors.
  • A sorting activity for students to practice identifying appropriate and inappropriate ways to gain attention and expected behaviors while waiting for attention. These sorting pictures can also be used for visual reminders.

Each attention or waiting social story includes descriptive sentences, perspective sentences that talk about how other students and the teachers perceive the student’s behavior, and coping strategies to help the student use the new replacement behavior.

Social stories are very useful for helping individuals on the autism spectrum to understand others’ perspectives, share information about new or problematic situations, and provide coping strategies for maintaining appropriate behavior and social responses. I have used them successfully with a wide variety of students who don’t have autism as well. 

These social stories on waiting and getting attention can be used to address common blurting out and inappropriate behaviors students may use to get attention, teaching students to wait for attention of the teacher, or as part of a more formal program in Functional Communication Training (FCT) to teach a replacement behavior of asking for attention appropriately. 

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What teachers are saying…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is an awesome bundle!! It has been such a time saver and soooo many of my student's have benefited from these stories!! I have many teachers who have borrowed my social story binder to help "refresh" all their students.  Great product!!” -Ashlee P.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “These are great! It is difficult finding time to create social stories for my ASD and EBD students. These have really helped me save time finding and creating them myself. Thank you!” -Lisa M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Excellent resources! You will find everything you need to teach/assess important skills such as getting attention, and waiting.” -Lisa G.


For more classroom materials for students with autism and special education

I Can Stay Calm: Social Narratives and Visual Supports for Autism

Thumbs Up: Token Systems for Behavior Management.

© Christine Reeve

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