Picking Your Nose Social Story

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Picking Your Nose Social Stories

Picking Your Nose 1

Picking your nose is using your finger to remove dried mucus from your nostril.

Picking your nose is something that nearly everyone needs to do. People pick their nose when it has an itch but there are some important rules about doing so:

Picking your nose in front of other people is not OK. It is a private act like going to the toilet. Other people may get upset with you if they see you picking your nose.
Picking your nose can spread diseases so it is important to wash your hands before and after.
Get rid of the mucus by placing it in a tissue or washing it down the hand basin.
Eating the mucus from your nose is never OK. It can really upset other people and may be bad for your health.
Picking your nose too much can make it sore and it may bleed.

Sometimes blowing your nose into a tissue or rubbing the outside of your nose can stop you needing to pick your nose.

Picking your nose in a private place is OK. Picking your nose in public is never OK.

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Picking Your Nose 2

Picking your nose is not a nice thing to do. You may get nasty germs and picking can make your nose bleed.

Other people don't like to see anyone pick their nose. They may get upset with you if they see you picking your nose.

It is better to blow your nose into a tissue than pick your nose.

Sometimes just rubbing the outside of your nose can stop an itch.

If you do need to pick your nose you should go to the bathroom and wash your hands before and after.

Picking your nose is not a nice thing to do. It is best to try not to pick your nose. If you must pick your nose go to the bathroom and wash your hands.

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Notes on creating your own personalised social story:

Use the above examples to create your own personalised social story for the child. If you need to modify the language to support younger children ensure that the exact meaning intended remains clear and unambiguous. You may want to add photographs or pictures to illustrate the meaning or provide motivation to use. A print out version is also available below.

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Picking Your Nose 1

Picking Your Nose 1 Social Story Example

A print out version of the Picking Your Nose 1 social story example above.

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Picking Your Nose 2

Picking Your Nose 2 Social Story Example

A print out version of the Picking Your Nose 2 social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Coughs and Sneezes Social Story

Touching Yourself Social Story

The Picking of Penny Posy's Nosy

The link above is to a fun poem about nose picking suitable for children of all ages.

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