Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Free Social Stories for Lockdown Drills

A collection of free social stories for lockdown drills at school. Printable and video social stories for kids are included below.

Growing up, we had fire drills and that was it. Lockdown drills were never something we had to think about.

However, today, lockdown drills are commonplace in many schools, especially those in the US. We do these types of drills here in Canada as well, but I'm not entirely sure if they are a thing elsewhere in the world.

Regardless, lockdown drills can be anxiety inducing for a lot of kids. And many kids need support when it comes to understanding these types of emergency drills.

You can use these free social stories for lockdown drills to help these kids understand what they are, what to do during one, and what to expect. 

For a sensitive topic like this, it's best to write your own social story if you can. Just use the stories below as inspiration! Ideally, you want a story that is personalized to your school's procedures. But these stories can work in a pinch if need be.

Free social stories for lockdown drills or other similar emergency drills at school

Free Social Stories for Lockdown Drills

Have you been looking for a lockdown drill social story? Then look no further than these free lockdown social story printables. Some require you to have a Teachers Pay Teachers account (which is free!) before you can download them.

I've rounded up some options for you to explore. That way you can find the best lockdown social story for you and your child. Or you can simply use ideas from the different stories below to write your own custom story (free social story templates here to help).

Please note that just because a social story is listed here does not mean I endorse its content. After all, many social stories tend to be poorly written and/or teach autistic masking. Besides, I haven't read all of these stories word for word myself. So please read through the stories carefully before using them with your child.

1. Lockdown Drills & School Safety Social Story from Mrs. Glasgo on TPT - This story doubles up as a coloring book. It uses simple text and black and white clipart to color in. It's geared towards K-2 students.

2. Social Story for Lockdown & Active Shooter Drills from Breezy Special Ed on TPT - Here is a one page social story with symbols/icons to support the text. For some kids, all of these icons might be beneficial, but for others, they might be super distracting. I personally find these kinds of stories hard/annoying to read. They're kind of like those Geronimo Stilton books. I hate those books.

3. Basic Social Story for Lockdown/Safety Drill by Ms. Monahan's Resources on TPT - A single page poster, most than a story per se. It uses a mix of clipart and colorful icon style images.

4. Social Story: Lockdown Drill from Simple SpEd Solutions on TPT - This two page story looks pretty simplistic. It includes a mix of some photos and some colorful clipart.

5. Lockdown Drill Social Story from Carrie Ogram on TPT - This story appears to use some photos, but looks like it primarily uses colorful clipart/icons.

6. What to Do During a Lockdown Drill from Kathy Kaminski on TPT - This story focuses on what to do during a lockdown drill. It looks like it might be fairly detailed and use some random images.

7. Active Intruder/Shooter Drill Social Story from Skye Beckley on TPT - This story uses colorful clipart and icon style images. It's designed to remind kids that these drills are just to practice for emergencies.

8. Code Red Social Narrative from Autism Educators on TPT - This story was written by a teacher who lives in Parkland, Florida. In it, she talks about what "Code Red" means in their school district and what to do during a lockdown. The story uses colorful images with some diversity shown.

9. Lockdown Drill Social Story from Social Stories: Power Tool for Autism - This story is text only, but it outlines what to expect during one of these emergency drills.

10. Secure & Hold Drill at School from Social Stories: Power Tool for Autism - Here's another text only story that briefly discusses fire drills as well as secure and hold drills, which are another variation of a lockdown drill.

11. Shelter-in-Place Lockdown Drill at School from Social Stories: Power Tool for Autism - Another text only story. This one looks identical to the one above. It just swapped the secure and hold for shelter in place.

Video Songs & Social Stories About Lockdown Drills at School

Here are a couple of video social stories and songs that talk about what a lockdown drill is and what to expect. You can use these in a classroom setting or at home to prepare a child for an upcoming lockdown drill. Videos are always a great alternative to printing off a story.

Like the school lockdown stories above though, some of the wording in these videos aren't always great. But I wanted to make sure you had lots of different options for discussing lockdowns with your child.

Hopefully, the free printable and video social stories for lockdown drills above are helpful for you, your child, or your students. Remember, it's always best to try and write your own so you can customize it to your school's particular procedures. All schools are different, after all.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Free Social Stories for Fire Drills

A collection of free social stories for fire drills at school. Printable and video social stories for kids are included below.

Learning about fire safety and practicing fire drills are incredibly important. 

However, fire drills can be a super overwhelming experience for a lot of kids. There's the surprise factor, the crowded hallways, blinking lights, and the extremely loud alarm. Just to name a few things.

So, many kids can find it helpful and reassuring to learn about fire drills ahead of time. That way they know what to expect, strategies to use, and so on. 

And that's where these free social stories for fire drills come in. They'll outline what to expect and what to do during a fire drill.

Free social stories for fire drills and about fire safety for kids - includes printable and video social stories

Free Social Stories for Fire Drills

Have you been looking for a social story about fire drills at school? Then look no further than these free fire drill social stories. Some require you to have a Teachers Pay Teachers account (which is free!) before you can download them.

I've rounded up some options for you to explore. That way you can find the best fire drill social story for you and your child. Or you can simply use ideas from the different stories below to write your own custom story (free social story templates here to help).

Please note that just because a social story is listed here does not mean I endorse its content. After all, many social stories tend to be poorly written and/or teach autistic masking. Besides, I haven't read all of these stories word for word myself. So please read through the stories carefully before using them with your child.

1. Fire Drill Social Stories from Autism Little Learners - This social story uses colorful clipart to teach kids about fire drills. It's available in English, Afrikaans, and Turkish. There are other safety preparation stories here as well.

2. Fire Drill Social Story from Kidmunicate - I like that this story uses real photos to accompany the text. It looks pretty detailed too.

3. One Page Fire Drill Social Story from The Autism Helper on TPT - This story is really basic and is only one page long. It uses little colorful icons and reminds me of those Geronimo Stilton books. For some kids, that might be beneficial, but for others, they might be super distracting. I personally find these kinds of stories hard/annoying to read.

4. Fire Drill Adapted Book & Social Story from The Sped Zone on TPT - Here's a 10 page story to help prepare kids for upcoming fire drills. It uses colorful clipart and is one of those interactive adaptive books.

5. Fire Drill Social Story & Adapted Book from Where I AUT-a Be on TPT - This story uses colorful clipart and is an interactive adapted book. It's pretty similar to the story above.

6. Social Story for Fire Drills from Good Human Project on TPT - A simple one page story with colorful clipart along the sides. It is available as a PDF or editable versions for Google Slides or PowerPoint.

7. Social Story: Fire Drill (Bundle Pack) from Inspire in Inclusion on TPT - This bundle includes a story, some visuals, and other resources. It looks like it might cover more than just fire drills though, not too sure.

8. Learning About Fire Safety Social Story from Social Stories: Power Tool for Autism - Here's a text only social story. Okay, it has one photo, but otherwise, it's all text. It discusses not touching fire and what to do if there's a fire.

9. My Fire Drill Social Story Book from Jessica Bander on TPT - This story looks super simple and uses colorful icon style images. It does come as a Word document so hopefully that means you can edit it too.

10. Fire Drill Social Story from In this Classroom You are Loved on TPT - Another social story that uses mostly photos instead of clipart. It looks like it may be more detailed than some of the other stories on this list.

11. Fire Drill Social Story from Dynamic Connections on TPT - This story looks pretty simple. It uses colorful icon style clipart.

12. What Do I Do in a Fire Safety Drill? Social Story from Mrs. Greenes Geckos on TPT - This story uses the colorful icon style clipart. I like that it contains WH questions are the end to help assess comprehension and understanding.

13. Fire Alarm Safety Social Story from Rose Dean on TPT - This story focuses primarily on what a fire alarm is and what it sounds like when it goes off. It uses colorful clipart.

14. Fire Safety Social Story from Crystal Sena on TPT - A super simple story about fire safety that uses colorful icon style clipart.

15. Social Story about a Fire Drill on StoryboardThat - A super simple story that uses colorful clipart with some diversity, which is nice.

Video Social Stories About Fire Drills at School

Here are a couple of video social stories that teach kids about fire drills. You can use these in a classroom setting or at home to prepare a child for an upcoming fire drill. Videos are always a great alternative to printing off a story.

Like the stories above, some of the wording in these videos aren't always great. But I wanted to make sure you had lots of different options for discussing fire drills with your child.

Need More Resources to Teach Kids About Fire Safety? Try this Printable Pack (Includes 2 Social Stories!)

This printable pack from my friend Renae includes resources about fire safety, calling 911, and so much more! It also includes two social stories called "How to Call 911" and "I Can Stay Safe if There is a Fire."

Fire safety printable pack for kids

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This fire safety printable pack would be a great complement to any of these free social stories for fire drills from above. So definitely check it out.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Free Social Stories About Bullying

A collection of free social stories about bullying. Printable and video social stories for kids are included below.

When it comes to teaching kids about bullying, it's important to talk about kindness and what makes a good friend. You might also need to teach them how to advocate for themselves or how to ask for help. Or talk about individual differences, diversity, school rules, and how to create safe environments, both at school and at home.

Needless to say, there are lot of other topics that go hand-in-hand with bullying that need to be discussed. It goes beyond just talking about why kids might say or do mean things and what you can do to make things better.

But, if you're simply looking for the basics of introducing bullying to kids, then these free social stories about bullying might be just what you need.

The following stories discuss what bullying is and what you can do if you're being bullied. They even touch on anti-bullying days such as Pink Shirt Day, which is a thing here in Canada. I'm not sure if other places in the world do Pink Shirt Day or not, but I've included them here anyway.

Free social stories about bullying for kids

Free Social Stories About Bullying for Kids

Have you been looking for a social story that talks about bullying behaviors or what to do when kids (or even adults!) say hurtful things? Then look no further than these free printable social stories about bullying. Some require you to have a Teachers Pay Teachers account (which is free!) before you can download them.

I've rounded up some options for you to explore. That way you can find the best stealing social story for you and your child. Or you can simply use ideas from the different stories below to write your own custom story (free social story templates here to help).

Please note that just because a social story is listed here does not mean I endorse its content. After all, many social stories tend to be poorly written and/or teach autistic masking. Besides, I haven't read all of these stories word for word myself. So please read through the stories carefully before using them with your child.

1. Two Printable Social Stories About Bullying from Happy Learners - These stories are text only and include no pictures. The topics are "Being Bullied" and "Bullying Others."

2. Editable Social Story About Bullies from Good Human Project on TPT - Here's a one page social story with clipart about bullies. It's available as a PDF, as well as editable versions for Google Slides and PowerPoint.

3. Bullying Social Story: What Can I Do? from Speech Buddy Sensations on TPT - A 6 page story with colorful (and pretty random) clipart. Even Mario and Wario make an appearance in this story.

4. Bullying Social Story from ASERT - This story uses clipart and simple text to outline different strategies for dealing with a bully.

5. Pink Shirt Day (English) from Social Stories 4 Kids on TPT - This story explains what Pink Shirt Day, which is an Anti-Bullying Day held every February in Canada (maybe elsewhere as well?).

6. La Journée du Chandail Rose (French) from Social Stories 4 Kids on TPT - Same story as above, but this time in French. It again talks about the Anti-Bullying Day called Pink Shirt Day.

Video Social Stories About Bullying

Here are a couple of video social stories that explore and teach kids about bullying behaviors. You can use these in teletherapy sessions, social skills groups, and/or classroom settings. Videos are always a great alternative to printing off a story.

Like the stories above, some of the wording in these videos aren't always great. But I wanted to make sure you had lots of different options for discussing and teaching about stealing and respecting personal property.

There are lots of other great bullying resources out there that you can use to supplement these social stories about bullying. But hopefully you've found a great starting point for talking about this topic with your child or students.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Free Social Stories About Stealing

A collection of free social stories about stealing. Printable and video social stories for kids are included below. Topics include stealing, taking things from others, and respecting other people's belongings.

There are kids who need support when it comes to understanding topics like lying, respecting other people's belongings, and stealing. And social stories are a great way to teach kids about these topics.

Below you will find a variety of social stories about stealing and related topics, both in printable and video formats. Some are just a single page social story and others more detailed.

Some of the stories are great for multiple settings, while others focus more on the classroom setting. So there should be a social story that fits your need, regardless of whether you're a parent or a teacher. You'll also find some editable versions below so you can always customize them to fit your needs.

Free social stories about stealing

Free Social Stories About Stealing for Kids 

Have you been looking for a social story that talks about taking things from others or respecting other people's belongings? Then look no further than these free printable social stories about stealing. Some require you to have a Teachers Pay Teachers account (which is free!) before you can download them.

I've rounded up some options for you to explore. That way you can find the best stealing social story for you and your child. Or you can simply use ideas from the different stories below to write your own custom story (free social story templates here to help).

Please note that just because a social story is listed here does not mean I endorse its content. After all, many social stories tend to be poorly written and/or teach autistic masking. Besides, I haven't read all of these stories word for word myself. So please read through the stories carefully before using them with your child.

1. Editable Social Story Describing Stealing & Practicing Honesty from Good Human Project on TPT - A single page story with clipart along the sides. It's available in as a PDF or editable in Google Slides or PowerPoint.

2. Stealing Social Story from School Social Worker Extras on TPT - A short story that uses mostly photos, but does include some clipart as well. It comes in Word format so maybe it's possible to edit it too.

3. Taking Things that Don't Belong to You Social Story from ELSA Support - This free social story about stealing looks pretty detailed. It uses clipart and comes in both PDF and PowerPoint versions. So you should be able to edit the PowerPoint one.

4. When We Take Things Social Story Book from LessonPix - This story about stealing uses clipart that you may or may not be able to change (not too familiar with how this website works). When you download the PDF, it does have the word sample written on each page.

5. That's Not Mine Social Story from Special Needs for Special Kids on TPT - A 9 page story that uses a mix of photos and clipart to talk about stealing. It is available as a PowerPoint so it might be possible to edit this one.

6. Editable Social Story About Respecting Teachers' Belongings from Ms. Lori School Social Worker on TPT - This story looks like it might be pretty detailed as it has lots of text. But it's perfect for teachers who might have a student who's constantly touching or stealing things from their desk. Clipart is used in this story.

7. Editable Social Story About Respecting Other Students' Belongings from Ms. Lori School Social Worker on TPT - This story is great for teachers, especially since it's editable. It uses clipart and discusses why it's important to respect other people's things.

Video Social Stories About Respecting Personal Belongings

Here are a couple of video social stories that explore and teach about concepts that are important to stealing: respecting other people's belongings. You can use these in teletherapy sessions, social skills groups, and/or classroom settings. Videos are always a great alternative to printing off a story.

Like the stories above, some of the wording in these videos aren't always great. But I wanted to make sure you had lots of different options for discussing and teaching about stealing and respecting personal property.

By the way, these two videos are actually video versions of two of the printable social stories about stealing from above so you'll be able to pair them together. Anyway, I hope you are able to find something from the list above that will be a good fit for your needs.

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