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Social story When I am Frustrated Self-Regulation Strategies Self Control Story


Do you need a social story about when I am frustrated? These self-regulation strategies help kids conquer frustration in a charming rhyming way that teaches essential self-control techniques. Perfect for your self regulation small group or self control lessons. Strategies like taking a deep breath, using a fidget, and talking to an adult are practical ideas in simple language for your language learners, students with autism, or preschoolers!

The simple 10-page story teaches students 5 calming techniques and is perfect for speech therapy, special education, early childhood classrooms, and counseling sessions. Build emotional vocabulary, foster self-awareness, and support social-emotional learning with this frustration-busting activity!

    — Interactive Boom Cards™, Google Slides™ activities, Easel by TPT activities, YouTube™ link, great for group when you just want to hear the story
    — Printable story in color and black-and-white, plus print activities, communication visuals
    — 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 plus YouTube link
    Boom playable preview CLICK HERE 
  • Print book (10 pages) in color, black-and-white, AND in a 1/4-page size for student to color and take home! (24 pages)
  • My Calming Choice Wheel: Cut out the pieces and assemble to create a customizable spinning wheel of self-regulation choices a student can use when they begin to feel frustrated; they can choose from things like take a walk, get a drink, deliver a message; comes in color and black-and-white; great for teaching self-monitoring (5 pages)
  • Coloring page: The 5 ways I can calm myself (1 page)
  • Sticker page: A variety of Boardmaker™ emotions to identify how YOU are feeling today! (1 page)
  • Communication visuals: “I feel…” sentence stem, “I need…” sentence stem, and communication prompts for when feeling frustrated in color and black-and-white in 2″ and 3″ sizes (9 pages)

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



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