Lying Social Story

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Lying Social Story

Two examples are given. See also Telling The Truth.

Lying 1

Lying is not telling the truth

People tell lies for lots of reasons. Some lies are OK and some lies are not OK

Lying is not OK when we do it to stop ourselves getting into trouble or upset someone.

Lying is sometimes OK if it is to stop someone's feelings being hurt. These lies are sometimes called 'white lies'.

Telling lots of lies is not OK and people learn not to trust you.

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Lying 2

Lying is saying something that you know to be untrue.

There are lots of reasons why people tell lies. Some of these are for good reasons and are usually OK and some are for bad reasons and are never OK.

It is sometimes OK to lie to protect the feelings of others. For example, we might say 'I like your new coat' to a friend even when we don't really. These lies are sometimes called 'white lies'.

It is sometimes OK to lie to trick someone as a joke. It is only OK if the person that you say the lie to enjoys the joke. If they get upset then it is probably a lie that is not OK.

Sometimes people lie because they have done something wrong and they try to hide it. It is never OK to lie to stop ourselves getting into trouble. It is also not OK to blame others or lie to hurt someone's feelings. If someone tells lies and people find out they may be angry with them and they will not trust them anymore.

It can be confusing knowing when it is OK to lie and when it is not. If unsure it is usually best to tell the truth. Telling too many lies or bad lies will mean that people might get angry with you and they will not trust you.

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Use the above examples 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 pictures can often help too. Each social story example is available in a printable format below.

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Lying

Lying

A print out version of the Lying 1 social story example above.

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Lying 2

Lying2

A print out version of the Lying 2 social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Social Story Introduction

Social Story Examples

Telling The Truth

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