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Tracking: Social Story

Cartoon of a woman with question marks around her, she is confused.

When I want to pay attention to my thoughts and feelings, I can use a skill called tracking.

Cartoon of a woman with arrows circling around her.

Tracking is when I use my senses to focus on all of the things happening in my body and to my thoughts and feelings.

Cartoon of a hand, ear and eyes, signifying senses.

I can pay attention to things I can see, hear, and feel.

Cartoon of a nose breathing and a mouth tasting.

I can pay attention to things I can smell and taste.

Cartoon of a woman with her hand on her stomach, she is checking in with how her body is feeling.

I can pay attention to how my body feels.

Cartoon of a hand giving thumbs up.

If my body feels comfortable, it might mean that I am in my resilient zone or OK zone.

Cartoon of a woman looking away she looks tiered.

If my body feels uncomfortable or I have feeling I do not like, it might mean that I am getting bumped out of my resilient zone or "OK" zone.

Cartoon of a woman talking on the phone, she looks stressed.

I can practice tracking by telling people I trust about the things I am thinking and feeling.

Cartoon of a woman with her arm in the air, she is feeling empowered.

The more I practice tracking my thoughts and feelings the easier It will be to use this skill.

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