I don’t know about you, but I have been on the hunt for social skills materials that would be appropriate for students at the secondary level for years. I was not able to find this rare bird, which is exactly why I put together a social skills product called Say What? I’m hoping to have this material to offer in the near future, but until then I wanted you to know about this exciting social skills curriculum out of UCLA.
Take a look!
If you think about it, what are the main complaints that we have about our students who have poor social skills?
- They don’t know how to respond to common social exchanges.
- Then don’t know how to enter/exit a conversation in appropriate ways.
- They can’t carry on simple conversations for more than one or two exchanges, if that.
- They don’t appropriately comment.
- They don’t ask appropriate questions, if any at all.
- If they engage in conversation, they don’t stay on topic and consistently focus back on the topic(s) of their primary interests.
- They often ignore social interactions.
- They rarely initiate a social exchange.
- They struggle to handle frustration/anger in socially appropriate ways.
- They struggle with how to appropriately handle social media/cyber bullying.
If you have nodded your head to even half of these you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, if we want to do what is best for our older students who need to go out into the world and work, have friends, have a life without loneliness and isolation, we need to give them what we can.
That’s where a targeted effort of getting our students to, at the very least, a socially acceptable minimum level of social skills is paramount.
I’m suggesting that we use the materials and curriculum we have and get going on making social skills a priority if you haven’t already!!! If you’ve been looking and needed something to help make this happen, then today’s video is one solution you might want to try.
The other is to watch for Say What? You’re gonna love it!
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You take care and I’ll see you next time!