Be Safe: Public and Private Places Social Story


This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story explaining the difference between public and private places, as well as behaviors that are okay in each setting.

A smiling boy stands in the center of the image.

There are some things I can do in front of people and some things that I should do by myself.

A smiling boy is shown with two thought bubbles reading

These are called “public” or “private” behaviors.

A smiling boy stands alone to the left of a group of other people.

Public behaviors are things I can do in a place where other people may be around.

A smiling boy eats his lunch in the bottom left. A boy stands with his girlfriend in the top right.

Public behaviors are things like eating lunch, talking to a friend, or giving a friend a hug.

A smiling boy stands outside his house.

Private behaviors are things I do when I’m alone in a private place.

A smiling boy stands alone in his bedroom.

Private behaviors are things like adjusting my underwear or touching my private parts.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.