Social Skills Resources, Activities, & Printables

A collection of social skills resources for teachers, parents, and therapists. You'll find tons of free printable social skills worksheets, social stories, activity ideas, games, visual supports, and more.

It's important to note that the term social skills doesn't refer to just one thing or one particular skill. Instead, social skills include a wide variety of different skills that can be continuously taught, developed, or built upon as a person grows and develops. Some skills even take years to develop.

Now, some people will pick up on social skills naturally and intuitively. Others might need support,  explicit instruction, and/or constant reassurance. And then there are variations in social skills between cultures and even between neurotypes. The point is that there is a lot of variation when it comes to social skills.

However, if you're looking for resources to support social skills development, then you're in the right place.

Below you will find lots of great social skills resources for supporting kids of all ages, abilities, and neurotypes. There are printables, tips, social stories, activity ideas, worksheets, and so much more to explore here. So let's dig in!

Social skills resources for teachers, parents, and therapists - includes social stories, worksheets, activity ideas, games, & more

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Browse Social Skills Resources by Our Most Popular Categories

Our most popular resources on And Next Comes L come from our amazing social stories library. There are tons of awesome social stories that cover a wide variety of topics and are ready to go.

Other favorites are our social scripts and emotional regulation resources. They're well loved by thousands of parents, teachers, and professionals. So these categories are great starting points if you're not sure where to begin.

Browse Social Skills Resources by Target Skill Areas

Are you hoping to find resources about a specific skill such as problem solving or perspective taking? Simply click the most relevant category below to quickly find the resources you need.

Communication & Conversation Skills

The following social skills resources focus on verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, different communication styles, and a variety of conversation skills, such as starting and ending conversations.

Interpersonal Skills: Navigating Relationships & Friendships

Looking to work on friendship skills? Well, this section is for you. It covers topics such as making friends, setting boundaries, consent, intimacy, navigating and maintining relationships of all kinds, exploring family dynamics, bullying, asking for help, and other related topics.

Social Norms & Etiquette: Manners, Personal Space, & Following Rules

The resources in this section focus on the topics such as manners, personal space, using language that is appropriate for different social contexts, and following rules in different situations and environments.

Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving

The following resources focus on topics such as problem-solving, apologizing, and navigating disagreements or arguments.

Cooperation, Teamwork, Sharing, & Turn Taking Skills

In this section, you'll find resources about sharing, taking turns, cooperating with others, working in groups, and other skills related to teamwork and working with others.

Empathy & Perspective Taking Skills

Resources that help kids understand someone else's perspective and develop compassion and empathy.

Flexibility, Adaptability, & Transitions

The following resources focus on managing routine changes, coping with new or unexpected situations, being flexible, and handling transitions.

Self-Esteem, Confidence, & Self-Advocacy Skills

In this section, you'll find resources that help kids develop a postive self-image, build confidence, express their wants and needs, develop a growth mindset, handle criticism, and stand up for oneself. Social stories about neurodivergent identities have also been included here as a way to build positive self-esteem and pride.

Social Emotional Learning, Self Control, & Impulse Control

This section is all about learning to identify and manage emotions, control impulses, stay regulated, and monitor energy levels.

General Social Skills Resources & Tips

Here are some more general social skills resources, including tips for writing social stories and a free printable list of social skills for kids.

There are likely lots of other social skills resources that I forgot to include here (sometimes I forget what's all here on this blog!). So, if you still haven't found what you are looking for or needing, then be sure to search here as well. Be sure to also check back frequently as new resources are constantly added.

Social skills resources for teachers, parents, and therapists - includes social stories, worksheets, activity ideas, games, & more