Thursday, March 02, 2017

List of 50 Social Skills to Teach Kids

We've been working a lot on social skills with my son. Due to his hyperlexia and autism, we have to teach him directly about social skills concepts that develop in most kids naturally. So to make sure we don't miss anything important, I put together this list of 50 essential social skills to teach your kids.

I hope to share resources eventually for each one of these social skills, but I hope you find this list of social skills helpful! I've also included a free printable cheat sheet.

List of social skills to teach your kids with a free printable social skills cheat sheet from And Next Comes L

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50 Social Skills to Teach Your Kids

When we discuss social skills with my son, we like to work together through the Social Thinking curriculum and its accompanying Thinksheets. I really love the terminology that they use, especially the concepts of expected and unexpected behaviors as an alternative to saying good or bad behaviors. So some of the social skills listed below borrow ideas and wording from the Social Thinking curriculum.

I also encourage you to check out the free printable social scripts for kids as many of them align with the social skills on this list.

Here are 50 social skills to teach kids:

  1. Taking turns - 8 Strategies for Teaching Turn Taking + Free Printable Visual Turn Taking Cue Cards
  2. Praising others - 7 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Praise Others
  3. Celebrating successes
  4. Helping others
  5. Respecting personal space - 9 Strategies to Teach Kids About Personal Space
  6. Sharing materials
  7. Asking for help
  8. Being a good sport and a good loser
  9. Asking permission
  10. Giving criticism
  11. Using appropriate voice tone & volume
  12. Making an apology
  13. Participating
  14. Waiting until the speaker is finished before speaking (i.e., no interrupting)
  15. Being a good friend
  16. Staying on task
  17. Being kind
  18. Using names
  19. Encouraging others
  20. Waiting patiently 
  21. Communicating clearly
  22. Accepting differences
  23. Listening actively
  24. Conflict resolution
  25. Following directions
  26. Paraphrasing
  27. Staying with the team or group
  28. Complimenting others
  29. Disagreeing politely, appropriately, and respectively
  30. Taking risks
  31. Accepting criticism
  32. Accepting no for an answer
  33. Recognizing the difference between expected and unexpected behaviors
  34. Resisting peer pressure
  35. Sharing ideas
  36. Making eye contact
  37. Respecting the opinions of others
  38. Compromising
  39. Negotiating
  40. Cooperating with others and working together
  41. Using good manners
  42. Thinking before speaking
  43. Learning to forgive
  44. Problem solving
  45. Being a flexible thinker
  46. Recognizing body language and picking up on nonverbal cues
  47. Recognizing the feelings of oneself
  48. Recognizing the feelings of others
  49. Taking someone else's perspective
  50. Understanding that my actions impact others
Free printable list of 50 social skills to teach kids from And Next Comes L

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