Gesturing: Social Story
Sometimes I move my body when I am feeling calm or happy.
For example, I might clap my hands or jump when I feel happy.
Sometimes I might rock back and forth or spin to feel calm.
Moving my body is called gesturing.
Sometimes I might use gesturing without noticing what I am doing.
I can ask friends and family members if they have ever seen me gesturing.
Sometimes I feel mad, upset, or other feelings that I do not like.
These feelings make it hard for me to do other things I want to do.
When I feel this way, I can practice gesturing.
I can use my gestures and movements that help me feel calm and relaxed.
When I use gestures from when I feel calm and relaxed it can remind my brain and help me have better thoughts.
Gesturing can help me stay in my Resilient or "OK" zone.
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.