From the monthly archives:

August 2010

E-Books

E-Books

E-Books – Electronic books are complete books that you can view and print. Some of the books we offer are storybooks to be read with children. Others are written specifically for parents or professionals.

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Self Assessments

Self Assessments

How am I doing? These downloadable forms offer an opportunity for children to take a look at their behavior and determine what they need to work on. Professionals and parents can use the materials to assess areas of strengths and weaknesses.

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Photo Cartoons

Photo Cartoons

These original cartoons are designed to show high school children the appropriate ways to behave in typical social situations and the consequences of behaving inappropriately.

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Fill in the Blank Stories

Fill in the Blank Stories

Fill-in-the-Blank stories offer the opportunity for children to relate to a child who might be going through a similar social situation. Children read the stories (alone or with an adult) and fill in their ideas about what is happening or should happen. These stories encourage discussion about the various outcomes, both positive and negative.

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets

These materials offer factual information on some of the disorders that lead to social skill deficiencies and advice for parents and professionals on how to educate themselves and their children on a wide range of issues.

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Games

Games

For decades The Guidance Group has published and marketed wildly successful board games that teach and promote a wide range of social skills. Many of these games are available as downloads on Social Skills Central. Other games have been developed specifically for this site.

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Advice from the Experts

Advice From The Experts

Here we offer the latest advice from national experts in the field of social skills development for typical and neuro-atypical children. Look here for videos, audios, articles, Q & A’s and more.

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Worksheets

Worksheet

Worksheets offer the opportunity for individual children to focus on specific skills. Worksheets are available for a wide variety of social skills and ages.

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Individual Activities

Individual Activies

These activities are designed to strengthen the social skills and behavior of individuals in home or school settings. Activities are available for a range of skills and ages.

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Group Activities

Group Activities

These downloadable forms offer a wide range of activities for teachers and group facilitators to teach and reinforce social skills for children of all ages.

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Hidden Rules Worksheets

Hidden Rules Worksheet

Hidden Rules is a term used to describe the unwritten social rules and behaviors that most of us seem to know without ever being taught. These worksheets introduce and reinforce 24 of these basic social rules. The materials are appropriate for elementary through middle school age children but are humorous enough to be appreciated by older children as well.

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Hidden Rules Cards

Hidden Rules Card

These illustrated cards offer quick reminders to reinforce 40 hidden social rules. The cards can be viewed individually or downloaded and printed as a set.

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Photo Social Stories

Photo Social Stories

Simple stories, illustrated with concrete photographs, teach children how they are expected to act in typical social situations. The stories are followed by the basic facts of the story and a set of interactive questions. These stories are geared toward elementary school children but can also be useful for older children with more basic social skill needs.

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Group Behavior

Group Behavior

Interacting in a group requires a very different set of social skills than interacting with individuals. From the time they enter school, children spend most of their time in groups of children; in the classroom, in the lunch room, on the playground.

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Technology

Technology

In the last few years technology has changed the way that children communicate. Technology has also brought on a new set of social rules for children, some of which are obvious and some of which are quite subtle.

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Technology

Technology

In the last few years technology has changed the way that children communicate. Technology has also brought on a new set of social rules for children, some of which are obvious and some of which are quite subtle.

See the techniques →

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship

“Being a good sport,” is more difficult than many people realize. Of course it involves following the rules of the game, but it also involves following social rules; empathizing with the feelings of others, winning graciously, responding appropriately when someone else wins and more.

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Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Everyone keeps secrets, and nearly every one lies at some time, but how and when kids do this can make a significant difference in the way they are viewed by their peers.

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Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Everyone keeps secrets, and nearly every one lies at some time, but how and when kids do this can make a significant difference in the way they are viewed by their peers.

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Secrets and Lies

Secrets

Everyone keeps secrets, and nearly every one lies at some time, but how and when kids do this can make a significant difference in the way they are viewed by their peers.

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Public Behavior

Public Behavior

Adults are very aware of the different social rules that apply when they are in public or in private, but children often don’t see this distinction. Our expectations of how children should behave in public change with year, and public behaviors that might be tolerated when they are younger, become inappropriate or even odd as they become teenagers.

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Public Behavior

Public Behavior

Adults are very aware of the different social rules that apply when they are in public or in private, but children often don’t see this distinction. Our expectations of how children should behave in public change with year, and public behaviors that might be tolerated when they are younger, become inappropriate or even odd as they become teenagers.

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Public Behavior

Public behavior

Adults are very aware of the different social rules that apply when they are in public or in private, but children often don’t see this distinction. Our expectations of how children should behave in public change with year, and public behaviors that might be tolerated at three or four, become inappropriate or even odd at eight or nine.

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Personal Space

Personal Space

Most children intuitively know about personal space, when someone is standing too close, when someone is standing too far away, or when someone is touching them in an uncomfortable way.
But some children have difficulty learning the rules of non-verbal behavior, including the rules that govern personal space.

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Personal Space

Personal Space

Most children intuitively know about personal space, when someone is standing too close, when someone is standing too far away, or when someone is touching them in an uncomfortable way.

But some children have difficulty learning the rules of non-verbal behavior, including the rules that govern personal space.

See the techniques →

Personal Space

Personal Space

Most children intuitively know about personal space, when someone is standing too close, when someone is standing too far away, or when someone is touching them in an inappropriate way

But some children have difficulty learning the rules of non-verbal behavior, including the rules that govern personal space.

See the techniques →

Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

The pressure to conform to group expectations is a part of being human. We are social animals, and being accepted by others is an important part of our self-image. But some teenagers are overly concerned with the approval of their peers, even to extent of behaving in ways that they know adults will disapprove of.

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Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

The pressure to conform to group expectations is a part of being human. We are social animals, and being accepted by others is an important part of our self-image. But some children are overly concerned with the approval of their peers, even to extent of behaving in ways that they know adults will disapprove of.

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Patience

Patience

Patience—the ability to delay one’s own gratification for the sake of others—is an important part of social success. Adults appreciate patient teens and see them as “well-behaved” and somewhat surprisingly, teens appreciate this virtue as well.

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Patience

Patience

Patience—the ability to delay one’s own gratification for the sake of others—is an important part of social success. Adults appreciate patient children and see them as “well-behaved” and somewhat surprisingly, children appreciate this virtue as well.

See the techniques →

Patience

Patience

Patience—the ability to delay one’s own gratification for the sake of others—is an important part of social success. Adults appreciate patient children and see them as “well-behaved” and somewhat surprisingly, children appreciate this virtue as well.

See the techniques →

Group Behavior

Group Behavior

Interacting in a group requires a very different set of social skills than interacting with individuals. From the time they enter school, children spend most of their time in groups of children; in the classroom, in the lunch room, on the sports field.

See the techniques →

Group Behavior

Group Behavior

Interacting in a group requires a very different set of social skills than interacting with individuals. From the time they enter school, children spend most of their time in groups of children; in the classroom, in the lunch room, on the sports field.

See the techniques →

Greetings

Greetings

Greetings are the gateway to every social interaction. Greetings set the stage for inter-personal interaction. When teenagers have difficulty with greetings, they send a clear message that they will have difficulty in other social situations.

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Greetings

Greetings

Greetings are the gateway to every social interaction. Greetings set the stage for inter-personal interaction. When children have difficulty with greetings, they send a clear message that they will have difficulty in other social situations.

See the techniques →

Greetings

Greetings

Greetings are the gateway to every social interaction. Greetings set the stage for inter-personal interaction. When children have difficulty with greetings, they send a clear message that they will have difficulty in other social situations.

See the techniques →

Friendship

Friendship

There are few things more important in childhood than having good friends. Generally, we expect a child to have had at least one “best friend” by the age of eight or nine, and to have a group of close friends by the age of twelve or thirteen.

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Friendship

Friendship

There are few things more important in childhood than having good friends. Generally, we expect a child to have had at least one “best friend” by the age of eight or nine, and to have a group of close friends by the age of twelve or thirteen.

See the techniques →

Friendship

Friendship

There are few things more important in childhood than having good friends. Generally, we expect a child to have had at least one “best friend” by the age of eight or nine, and to have a group of close friends by the age of twelve or thirteen.

See the techniques →

Dating

Dating

Beginning to date is anxiety producing for most teenagers, and for the parents of teens as well. High school children must now begin to negotiate relationships with peers as well as members of the opposite sex.

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Conversation Skills

Conversation Skills

Carrying on a conversation is like a dance, requiring a good sense of timing and the ability to both lead and follow. If you observe a group of teens in a school cafeteria, you can tell in a minute which kids are more “popular” with their peers, almost all of the time it will be the teens with good conversational skills.

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Conversation Skills

Conversation Skills

Carrying on a conversation is like a dance, requiring a good sense of timing and the ability to both lead and follow. If you observe a group of children in a school cafeteria, you can tell in a minute which children are more “popular” with their peers, almost all of the time it will be the children with good conversational skills.

See the techniques →

Conversation Skills

Conversation Skills

Carrying on a conversation is like a dance, requiring a good sense of timing and the ability to both lead and follow. If you observe a group of children in a school cafeteria, you can tell in a minute which children are more “popular” with their peers, almost all of the time it will be the children with good conversational skills.

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Cooperation and Compromise

Compromise

Cooperation involves listening to what others are saying, understanding the benefits of sharing, and becoming comfortable with taking turns. In many situations, working together means coming up with an acceptable compromise.

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Cooperation and Compromise

Compromise

Cooperation involves listening to what others are saying, understanding the benefits of sharing, and becoming comfortable with taking turns. In many situations, working together means coming up with an acceptable compromise.

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Cooperation and Compromise

Compromise

Cooperation involves listening to what others are saying, understanding the benefits of sharing, and becoming comfortable with taking turns. In many situations, working together means coming up with an acceptable compromise.

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Compliments

Compliments

Giving and receiving compliments can be more difficult for kids than most adults realize. If teens are having difficulty in reading social cues they may find it hard to know when to say the right thing or how to say it.

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Compliments

Compliments

Giving and receiving compliments can be more difficult for kids than most adults realize. If children are having difficulty in reading social cues they may find it hard to know when to say the right thing or how to say it.

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Compliments

Compliments

Giving and receiving compliments can be more difficult for kids than most adults realize. If children are having difficulty in reading social cues they may find it hard to know when to say the right thing or how to say it.

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Compassion and Caring

Compassion and Caring

While some kids seem to be naturally compassionate throughout their development, many others can seem indifferent to their classmates and even mean. These behaviors can become more prevalent with the added social pressures of high school.

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Compassion and Caring

Compassion and Caring

While some children seem to be naturally compassionate throughout their development, many others can seem indifferent to their classmates and even mean. These behaviors can become more prevalent with the added social pressures of middle school.

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Classroom Behavior

Classroom Behavior

High school students spend a great deal of their time in school classrooms. They are apt to be judged by their peers according to the way the act in these settings.

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Classroom Behavior

Classroom Behavior

Most children spend a great deal of their time in school classrooms. They are apt to be judged by their peers according to the way the act in these settings.

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Classroom Behavior

Classroom Behavior

Most children spend a great deal of their time in school classrooms. They are apt to be judged by their peers according to the way the act in these settings. Children who have difficulty following the rules of the class, or the hidden rules of social behavior may be disruptive and will likely have problems with their peers outside of the class.

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Bullying and Teasing

Bullying and Teasing

Bullying and teasing can take many forms, but it is always hurtful and sometimes extremely disruptive to a child’s development. While it is present in school children of all ages, bullying and teasing tends to peak during the middle and high school years.

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Bullying and Teasing

Bullies

Bullying and teasing can take many forms, but it is always hurtful and sometimes extremely disruptive to a child’s development. Constant bullying and teasing can exacerbate anxiety problems or depression, and can cause children to hate going to school.

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Bullying and Teasing

Bullies

Bullying and teasing can take many forms, but it is always hurtful and sometimes extremely disruptive to a child’s development. Subtle forms of bullying and teasing can begin as early as preschool.

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Apologizing

Apologizing

Apologizing in a sincere and appropriate way is a social skill that is necessary throughout one’s lifetime. If not learned in childhood, the lack of this skill may make many relationships unnecessarily difficult.

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Apologizing

Apologizing

Apologizing in a sincere and appropriate way is a social skill that is necessary throughout one’s lifetime. If not learned in childhood, the lack of this skill may make many relationships unnecessarily difficult.

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Apologizing

Apologizing

Apologizing in a sincere and appropriate way is a social skill that is necessary throughout one’s lifetime. If not learned in early childhood, the lack of this skill may make many relationships unnecessarily difficult.

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Appearance

Appearance

Many children don’t realize how much their appearance affects their social acceptance. They may think that wearing the right sneakers or jeans is important to social acceptance, but in fact children judge each other on a much deeper level, paying more attention to what is different about other children than what is the same.

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Appearance

Appearance

Many children don’t realize how much their appearance affects their social acceptance. They may think that wearing the right sneakers or jeans is important to social acceptance, but in fact children judge each other on a much deeper level, paying more attention to what is different about other children than what is the same.

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Appearance

Appearance

Many children don’t realize how much their appearance affects their social acceptance. They may think that wearing the right sneakers or jeans is important to social acceptance, but in fact children judge each other on a much deeper level, paying more attention to what is different about other children than what is the same.

See the techniques →

Anxiety and Shyness

Anxiety

Social anxiety is common among children and can begin at any age. The social world in high school can be very intimidating. While shyness is fairly common, children who are anxious about their social interactions tend to have problems as they grow older, and the anxiety they experience can make life very hard.

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Anxiety and Shyness

Anxiety

Social anxiety is common among children and can begin at any age. The social world in middle school can be very intimidating. While shyness is fairly common, children who are anxious about their social interactions tend to have problems as they grow older, and the anxiety they experience can make life very hard.

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Anxiety and Shyness

Anxiety

Social anxiety is common among children and can begin at a young age. While shyness is fairly common among children, children who are anxious about their social interactions tend to have problems as they grow older, and the anxiety they experience can make life very hard. Many parents feel that children will overcome their “shyness,” but this is generally not the case.

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Anger

Anger

Problems with anger management can be very detrimental to a child’s social development. No one likes to be with someone who is angry all of the time, or someone who expresses anger in inappropriate ways.

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Anger

Anger

Problems with anger management can be very detrimental to a child’s social development. No one likes to be with someone who is angry all of the time, or someone who expresses anger in inappropriate ways.

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Anger

Anger

While a certain amount of anger and frustration is to be expected in children, some children become easily frustrated by the normal ins and outs of a day. This frustration can lead to angry outbursts and other behavioral problems.

See the techniques →

Technology

Technology

In the last few years technology has changed the way that children communicate. Many children say that it is easier for them to text their friends then actually talk to them, Technology has also brought on a new set of social rules for children, some of which are obvious and some of which are quite subtle.

See the techniques →

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship

“Being a good sport,” is more difficult than many people realize. Of course it involves following the rules of the game, but it also involves following social rules; empathizing with the feelings of others, winning graciously, responding appropriately when someone else wins and more.

See the techniques →

Secrets and Lies

Secrets

Everyone keeps secrets, and nearly every one lies at some time, but how and when kids do this can make a significant difference in the way they are viewed by their peers.

See the techniques →

Public Behavior

Public Behavior

Our expectations of how children should behave in public change as they age, and public behaviors that might be tolerated at three or four, become inappropriate or even odd at eight or nine. It is important that children begin understanding these expectations at a young age.

See the techniques →

Personal Space

Personal Space

Most children intuitively know about personal space, when someone is standing too close, when someone is standing too far away, or when someone is touching them in an uncomfortable way.

But some children have difficulty learning the rules of non-verbal behavior, including the rules that govern personal space.

See the techniques →

Patience

Patience

Patience—the ability to delay one’s own gratification for the sake of others—is an important part of social success and can be particularly difficult for young children. Adults appreciate patient children and see them as “well-behaved” and somewhat surprisingly, children appreciate this virtue as well.

See the techniques →

Greetings

Greetings

Greetings are the gateway to every social interaction. Greetings set the stage for inter-personal interaction, and when children have difficulty with greetings, they send a clear message that they will have difficulty in social situations.

See the techniques →

Group Behavior

Group Behavior

Interacting in a group requires a very different set of social skills than interacting with individuals. From the time they enter preschool, children spend most of their time in groups of children; in the classroom, during snack, on the playground.

See the techniques →

Friendship

Friendship

There are few things more important in childhood than having good friends. Generally, we expect a child to have had at least one “best friend” by the age of eight or nine, and to have a group of close friends by the age of twelve or thirteen.

See the techniques →

Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and Alcohol

Unfortunately drugs and alcohol is an important part of the social interactions for many middle school students. For others, middle school is the ideal time to give students the tools to make smart choices about drugs and alcohol.

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Dating

Dating

Beginning to date is anxiety producing for most teenagers, and for the parents of teens as well. Middle school children must now begin to negotiate relationships with peers as well as members of the opposite sex.

See the techniques →

Conversation Skills

Conversation Skills

Carrying on a conversation is like a dance, requiring a good sense of timing and the ability to both lead and follow. If you observe a group of children on a playground, you can tell in a minute which children are more “popular” with their peers, and almost all of the time it will be the children with good conversational skills.

See the techniques →

Compassion and Caring

Compassion and Caring

Children are pre-wired to be compassionate and caring. Children as young as two will demonstrate that they understand the feelings of others, and will try to do something to help when someone is in distress.

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Classroom Behavior

Classroom Behavior

Even in a preschool setting, children who have difficulty following the rules of the class, or the hidden rules of social behavior may be disruptive and will likely have problems with their peers outside of the class.

See the techniques →

Anxiety and Shyness

Anxiety

Social anxiety is common among children and can begin at a very young age. While shyness is fairly common among young children, children who are anxious about their social interactions tend to have problems as they grow older, and the anxiety they experience can make life very hard.

See the techniques →

Anger

Anger

While a certain amount of anger and frustration is to be expected in young children, some children become easily frustrated by the normal ins and outs of a day. This frustration can lead to angry outbursts and other behavioral problems.

See the techniques →