Social Skills Instruction

Social skills instruction is a very simple way to improve student functioning both in the classroom and in their life beyond school. Generally, social skills instruction should take place in classroom settings or small groups if necessary or extreme, so that students are able to adequately learn to generalize these behaviors with their peers.


One great free resource for social skills instruction is Shaprio’s 101 Ways to Teach Students Social Skills, available in PDF format from This workbook has 101 different activities on different topics, each of which is simple and shouldn’t take long to implement in either a classroom setting or as part of a behavior plan for a specific topic.

Topics include:

  • Communication
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Being part of a group
  • Expressing your feelings
  • Caring about yourself and others
  • Problem solving
  • Listening
  • Standing up for yourself
  • Managing conflict

Shapiro, L. E. (2004). 101 Ways to Teach Children Social Skills. Bureau for At Risk Youth (via Incentive Plus).


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