Art Class

What are Social Skills?

Social skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance.

Developing social skills is about being aware of how we communicate with others, the messages we send and how methods of communication can be improved to make the way we communicate more efficient and effective.

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  1. Look at the person who is talking and remain quiet. 

  2. Wait until the person is finished talking before speaking. 

  3. Show that you heard the speaker by nodding your head, and using positive phrases, such as “Okay” or “That’s interesting.”

  1. Look at the person and smile. 

  2. Extend your hand to shake hands. 

  3. Using a pleasant voice, introduce yourself. 

  4. Saying, “Hi” or “Hello” my name is ______. 

  1. Acknowledge listening by looking at the person, and nodding.  

  2. Say “okay” when directions are understood. 

  3. Complete one or multi-step tasks in order. 

  4. Check back in with the person. 

  1. Look at the person. 

  2. Ask the person, “Can you please help me?   

  3. Clearly explain the kind of help you need. 

  4. Thank the person for helping. 

  1. Look at the person. 

  2. Ask the person, “Would you like me to help you?”  

  3. Wait for their response, if “yes.” 

  4. Say, “Please tell me what I can do to help you?” 

  5. Make sure you understand what they need, before trying to help.  

  1. Look at the person and use a pleasant voice. 

  2. Say, “I hear you saying…” paraphrase the other person’s point of view. 

  3. Explain why you feel differently; Give a reason. 

  4. Allow time for the other person to respond. 

  5. Listen to the other person, and if you still disagree then say, “I don’t think we can agree on this.” 

  1. Look at the person. 

  2. Use a pleasant voice. 

  3. Say, “I need to also use the… can we please take turns using it.” 

  4. Decide, who will go first and for how long before letting the person have a turn. 

  1. Look at the person. 

  2. Use a pleasant voice. 

  3. Acknowledge a personal strength in another program participant.   

  4. Say, “I see you are…good a, or a kind…patience…talented…good… listener…” 

  5. When someone recognizes your strengths... Say, “Thank you. “I appreciate…”