Ever have a student who totally can’t get that people like different things and have a tough time accepting when a peer has something they like that he can’t stand? My kids, especially those who have social cognitive deficits and have a tough time being flexible thinkers, often speak loudly about their opinions of other student’s likes. This then becomes a conflict. So once or twice a year, for about a week, we do lessons on different people like different things. This social story always works wonders. We talk about different brains = different likes, having our own opinions (not being right or wrong) and then how if you teasing someone about their preferences, it’s very unexpected. Using perspective taking with thought bubbles, we look at other kids’ thoughts and feelings. There are several practice slides for your student to decide if it would be considered teasing or not. Clicking on the blue question mark box in the left-hand corner will give you a fun sound effect implying teasing (thunder) or not teasing (clapping). And finally at the end, we have a fill in the blank worksheet to
allow students to process how they would feel if someone were to tease them about their special interests.