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Be Safe: When I'm Uncomfortable Social Story, Parts 1-2

Where to go when uncomfortable

Overview

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is a series of social stories that provides information for individuals with autism on recognizing when they are in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable, and what they can do in that situation to make themselves safe.

Part 1: Recognizing When I’m Uncomfortable

A boy with a frown on his face is shown in the center of the image.

Sometimes things happen that make me feel uncomfortable.

A boy is shown in the bottom of the image with thought bubbles about school and being left out above his head.

There can be a lot of things that make me feel uncomfortable.

A boy stands in the center of the image with a frown on his face, holding his hands crossed in front of his body.

Uncomfortable can mean my body feels weird or bad.

A boy with an angry look on his face is shown in the center of the image.

Uncomfortable can mean I feel sad, scared or angry.

A boy in the center of the image scratches his head.

Uncomfortable can mean I have a hard time thinking.

A boy faces a man and tells him,

I should practice telling people when I feel uncomfortable.

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Part 2: Where to go When Uncomfortable

An adolescent boy stands smiling in the center of the image.

I am in charge of my body.

A man stands very close to the left of a boy. The boy says,

If someone is making me uncomfortable, I should tell them to “stop.”

A man on the left asks a boy to his right,

If someone is making me uncomfortable, I should try to go into a different room.

A boy stands in the right side of the image beside his house.

When I am uncomfortable, I should go somewhere I feel safe.

A boy stands in the middle of the image. A house is shown in the top left and his mom and dad stand in the top right.

Two places I feel safe are________ and ________ .

A boy says he wasn't comfortable when a man got too close to him. His dad says he did the right thing coming home.

When I am uncomfortable, I should tell an adult that I trust.

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Part 1 Recognizing When I'm Uncomfortable pdf Download file: Part 1
Part 2 Where to go When Uncomfortable pdf Download file: Part 2

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 info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.