Feeling Disappointed Social Stories

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Feeling Disappointed Social Stories

Feeling Disappointed

Feeling disappointed is how we feel when things don't happen the way we expect them to.

Everybody gets disappointed sometimes. It is very normal to feel disappointed when things don't happen the way we want them to.

When we are disappointed we can often feel sad or even angry. It is OK to feel this way. It is important to try and stay calm even when we are very upset.

The feeling of disappointment will usually go away with a little bit of time. We can often help ourselves to feel better by:

trying to not think about the disappointment
thinking about other things we enjoy and are looking forward to
doing an activity to help us feel calm and in control

It is OK to feel disappointed when plans change in a way we don't like. Staying calm and trying to focus on other things can help.

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I Feel Disappointed

I can feel disappointed when things don't happen the way I want them to.

I don't like it when things change from what I was expecting. If I am really looking forward to something and it doesn't happen I can feel really disappointed.

When I am disappointed I can often feel sad or even angry. It is OK if I feel this way. But, I need to try to stay calm even when I feel very upset.

Feeling disappointed is not nice but it will usually go away with a little bit of time. I can help myself to feel better by:

trying to not think about the disappointment
thinking about other things I enjoy and am looking forward to
doing an activity to help me feel calm and in control

It is OK if I feel disappointed when plans change in a way I don't like. I can help myself by staying calm and trying to focus on other thing.

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Use the examples above to help you create your own social stories 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 pictures can often help too. These examples are also available in a printable format below.

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Feeling Disappointed

Feeling Disappointed

A print out version of the Feeling Disappointed social story example above.

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I Feel Disappointed

sI Feel Disappointed

A print out version of the I Feel Disappointed social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Calming Strategies

Emotional Regulation

Social Story Examples

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