Temperature Social Stories

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Temperature Social Stories

Three social stories exploring being too hot or cold

Air Temperature

Temperature is how hot or cold something is. When people talk about the temperature they usually mean how warm or cold the air is.

The air temperature outside can change a lot for lots of reasons such as:

time of day
time of year
where you live in the world
the weather

The air temperature inside can also vary a lot:

how hot or cold it is outside
whether windows and doors are open
whether there is any heating or cooling working in the building
any sunshine coming through windows

As the temperature changes we may feel too hot or too cold. When this happens we may want to wear different amounts of clothes. Lots of layers to keep warm when it is cold and less clothes when it is hot.

The temperature can change making us feel too hot or too cold. We can feel more comfortable if we wear the right clothes.

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I Feel Cold

I feel cold because my body is too cold.

Feeling too cold is not comfortable. It can make it hard to do things. It can also make me grumpy or tired. Being too cold is not OK.

Things that can make me feel too cold include:

sitting for a long time
not wearing warm clothes
cold weather
being near cold sources e.g. open doors and windows

When I feel too cold I can do things to make me feel more comfortable:

wear warm clothing e.g. coat or jumper
run about when outside
ask to close a window or door
have a warm drink or eat a hot meal

It is not nice to feel too cold. I can feel more comfortable if I wear the right clothes and do things that make me warmer.

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I Feel Hot

I feel hot because my body is too hot.

Feeling too hot is not comfortable. It can make it hard to do things. It can also make me grumpy or tired. Being too hot is not OK.

Things that can make me feel too hot include:

running about
wearing too many clothes
hot weather
being near heat sources e.g. radiators and sunny windows

When I feel too hot I can do things to make me feel more comfortable:

drink cold water
take off any heavy clothes e.g. coat or jumper
stop running about
ask to open a window or close a blind or curtain

It is not OK to feel too hot. I can feel more comfortable if I wear the right clothes and do not do things that make me hot.

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These examples can be used to help you create your own social stories matched to your child's needs. If you need to modify any of the language try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or pictures can often help too. These social story examples are available in a printable format below.

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Air Temperature

Air Temperature Social Story Example

A print out version of the Air Temperature social story example above.

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I Feel Cold

I Feel Cold Social Story Example

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

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I Feel Hot

I feel hot free social story example

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

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Sensory Needs

Social Story Examples

Wearing Clothes

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