CicadasAreComing!A social story written by:Kim Singleton, MS CCC-SLP &Fran Teller, OTR/L
Cicadas are insects.• They– have six legs.– lay eggs.– have wings and can fly.– can be up to 2 inches long.
They have been livingunderground for 17 years.• Underground cicadas are called“nymphs”.– Nymphs:• live under the grass• are soft and white.• eat the sap from tree roots.• are 1 inch long.• can crawl• don’t have wings to fly.
Many cicadas will come upout of the ground in May.• The nymphs will crawl out ofthe ground.• They crawl up trees andbushes.• Overnight, they changefrom “nymphs” to “cicadas.”• Their bodies get harder anddarker.• They get wings and can fly.
People feel differentlyabout the cicadas coming.• Some people are– excited– curious– nervousabout these insects.
• curious• nervous• excited• anxious• happyHow do I feel?
Cicadas like trees.• They fly into trees and hang fromthe branches.
Cicadas come in a group.• There will be many, many cicadasin May and June.
Cicadas are noisy.• They sing.• The song that a boy cicada sings ishis way of getting a girlfriend.
People act differentlyaround cicadas.• Some peoplewill– ignore cicadas.– touch cicadas.– explore cicadas.– hurt cicadas.
I can act calm aroundcicadas.• I can look at them.• I can ask questions about them.• I can tell an adult if I feel nervous.• I can take a deep breath.• I can relax my body.
Cicadas do not hurtpeople.• They don’t sting.• They don’t bite.• They don’t carry diseases.
The cicadas will leave byJuly.• They will go backunderground andstay there for thenext 17 years.See you in17 years!Bye!See youlater!
The next time the Cicadaswill come will be 2030.• How old will I be in 2030????? ??
Why couldn’t thecicada sing?Because he was asick-cada!A funny cicadajoke!
The EndQuestions or comments? Please contact us!• Kim Singleton, MS, CCC-SLPSpeech Language Pathologistkim@kimsingleton.com• Fran Teller, OTR/LOccupational Therapistfran.firstname.lastname@example.org