Answering Back Social Stories

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Answering Back Social Stories

Answering Back

Answering back is when you make comments or argue with an adult.

Answering back is when you complain or argue with an adult after:

they have asked you to do something
tell you when you have done something wrong
tell you that the conversation with them is over

Answering back can make adults very cross and angry with you. It can get you into trouble.

Sometimes you may feel that the adult has got something wrong and you need to tell them. When this happens it is often better to stay quiet and calm. You may get an opportunity to tell them later.

It is mostly not OK to answer back an adult. It can make adults angry and upset and you may get into trouble. It is better to stay calm and quiet.

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If I Answer Back

Answering back is when I make comments or argue with an adult.

Answering back is when I complain or argue with an adult after:

they have asked you to do something
tell you when you have done something wrong
tell you that the conversation with them is over

If I answer back it can make the adult very cross and angry with me. If I answer back I may get into trouble.

I may feel that I need to tell the adult that they have got something wrong. It is better to say nothing and stay quiet and calm. If I really feel I need to tell them something it is OK to wait until later.

It is mostly not OK to answer back an adult. It can make adults angry and upset and I may get into trouble. It is OK to stay calm and quiet.

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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. Alternatively print out versions of the social stories are available below.

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Answering Back

Answering Back Social Story

A print out version of the Answering Back social story example above.

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If I Answer Back

If I Answer Back Social Story Example

A print out version of the If I Answer Back social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Being Wrong Social Story Examples

Calling Out Social Story Examples

Swearing Social Story Examples

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