Feeling Sad

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Feeling Sad

Feeling sad is being unhappy and upset.

Being sad happens to everyone at some time.

It is OK to feel sad when something happens that we don't like or want.

People show that they're sad in different ways - crying, being quiet, avoiding others or wanting to be close to special people like a parent. Sometimes people shout and scream to show they are really sad.

After a while most people start to feel better. Sometimes talking to someone about why you feel sad can help. Being sad all the time is not OK.

It is OK to feel sad and it often helps to tell someone about it.

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Use the above example to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. This example is available in a printable format below.

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Feeling Sad

Feeling Sad

A print out version of the social story example above.

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