Be Safe: What is Trauma Social Story

A boy's angry face is shown in the center of the image.

If something really bad happens to me, I might have a lot of bad feelings.

A smiling girl says to a boy,

When something bad happens, and I feel bad about it, this is called trauma.

A boy with a worried and scared look is shown in the center of the image.

When something bad happens, I might feel scared.

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

When something bad happens, I might feel angry.

A boy with wide eyes and an open mouth is shown in the center of the image.

When something bad happens, I might feel worried.

A boy laying in his bed with his eyes closed.

When something bad happens, I might feel tired all the time.

A smiling girl asks a boy who is turned away from her,

Sometimes I might want to be alone.

A boy with his hands covering his eyes is shown in the center of the image.

When something bad happens, it might be hard for me to think.

A boy stands in the center of the image with the text

If something bad happens, I should practice ways of telling people how I feel.

A boy stands in the center of the image with the text

If something bad happens, I can practice ways of feeling better.

A boy stands in the center of the image with the text

Trauma can take a long time to get better.

A boy stands in the center of the image with the text bubble

I should remember that the trauma is not my fault.

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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.