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Keeping my Hands to Myself social story – Hands to self social story – calm body


Do you need a keeping my hands to myself social story? This hands to self social story adds to your set of emotional regulation social stories to teach self-control techniques to preschool and special education learners. Situations to keep safe hands includes when excited, when angry, even when we want to show caring or what to do when we hurt someone on accident. 

The story introduces a strategy called “SMART” choices which is a way to pause and think before touching, practical strategies in simple language for your language learners, students with autism, and preschoolers!

    — Interactive Boom Cards™, Google Slides™ activities, Easel by TPT activities
    — Printable story in color and black-and-white, plus print activities
    — Audio Support: Ideal for early learners and non-readers 

Perfect for:
    — Special educators & ABA therapists
    — Speech-language pathologists
    — Parents supporting language development 


  • Digital links to Boom, Slides
    Boom playable preview CLICK HERE 
  • Print book (18 pages) in color, black-and-white, AND in a 1/4-page size for student to color and take home! (40 pages)
  • Worksheets (7 pages)
    • Draw a picture of yourself doing something positive with your hands
    • Trace your hand and choose calming strategies to make your SMART choices
    • Sort positive and negative pictures into “Smart” choices
    • Two pages of visuals of the SMART acronym (color and b&w)

Don’t miss these resources for social emotional learning activities!
✔️ Preschool IEP Goal Bank (bestselling item!)
✔️ When I am Frustrated 
✔️ ABCs of Emotions
✔️ Self-regulation visuals
✔️ I have big and little feels
✔️ I know voice levels



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For Boom™ products

You may be eligible for a free trial from Boom Learning. Read here for details: If you choose not to stay on a paid subscription account after your free trial, you will still be able to assign all your Boom Cards to as many students as you see fit using Fast Play pins (which give instant feedback for decks that are self-grading). You will not be charged when your free trial expires.

For Google™ products

► You will need Google Drive in order to access this resource. Your students will also need Google accounts so they can access the activity if you are assigning to them.
► You must be logged into your account when you download the file. When you click the link, you will get a prompt, “Would you like to make a copy of….” Click Make a copy, and it will copy to your Drive.
► If your school district has Google access blocked, you can choose to have the resource added to a personal Google account and then share it with your school account.

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