Showing Affection Social Story and activities EDITABLE


This social story on showing affection contains material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism in middle or high school.


This social story on showing affection addresses appropriate ways to show affection to people they come in contact with during the day in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material.


It also addresses people that it is okay and not okay to hug and kiss.


This is NOT meant to be a social story on consent. It is more focused on understanding it is ok to hug and kiss people in your family, but if it is someone else then you need to talk to an adult (teacher or parent) first.


Finally, the activities allow for an opportunity to assess how well the student understands and can recall the expectations.


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Showing Affection Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • Activities in color
  • Activities in black and white
  • I Like You book (PowerPoint) to use with activities (editable)
  • Link to book in google slides (editable)


Showing Affection Activities:


  • 14 page story on kissing using photos (editable)
  • 10 page booklet using picture symbols
  • Circle map on ways people show affection
  • Sorting activity on who it is ok and not ok to kiss
  • Yes/no quiz
  • Power card with reminders of things they can do with their friends or someone they like


Teaching students appropriate behavior and response/reactions to various situations is a challenge we face as special education teachers. This is why I feel it is so critical to teach these skills in a safe, non-stressful situation, NOT while the behavior is occurring. If you target and protect instructional time to teach these social skills, you are more likely to see them transfer to naturally occurring settings. I know there never seems to be enough time to teach what you need to in a school day, but you will not be sorry if you put time aside every day to work on building better social skills in a thoughtful and structured manner. My hope is that these social stories and related activities will make that task a little easier for you.

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★★★I have many other social stories available (too many to list here). Just click on the social studies tab to the left in my store.

Please check out my blog page on social stories:

My Thoughts on Social Stories for more ideas on how to use this resource and one of my biggest “aha” moments as a teacher.

I also have some FREE video resources you may find helpful when using social stories:

Social Stories: A Powerful Behavior Management Tool

Writing Your Own Social Stories