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020 Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Skills to Kids

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Looking for effective strategies for teaching social skills to kids?In this episode you will learn about effective strategies for teaching social skills such as listening, using kid words, sharing, and turn taking. These skills are necessary foundational skills that will lead to the development of more complex social skills. Throughout the episode I walk you through the activities I use to teach these skills in a school setting. I take you through step by step how I teach each of these skills and provide effective strategies for teaching social skills to our students.We first talk about the foundational social skills that are needed to further develop more complex social skills in the future. We talk about effective strategies for teaching social skills to kids explicitly. This is key. Skills need to be taught explicitly so that we can build these skills and maintain the skills overtime. In the episode I also talk about my full comprehensive unit companion to this episode. The unit includes the guided lessons, engaging activities, and supporting materials discussed in the episode.&nbsp; You can get that full comprehensive unit here!!Need more information on the social skills unit?This social skills unit is perfect for busy teachers, counselors, or school psychologists who are looking to incorporate social skills lessons an activities with their students. The lessons are low prep and come with step by step directions for anyone using them. They can be done with the whole class or in small groups or centers in the classroom. Counselors and teachers can use these social skills lessons and activities in their small groups.This Unit IncludesFive social skills lessons that cover the following topicsWhat are social skillsDeveloping Listening SkillsUsing Kind WordsDeveloping Sharing SkillsDeveloping Turn Taking SkillsCorresponding interactive activities for each lesson as well an extra activity that can be used throughout the unit.Classroom visuals that come in black and white so you can print them on paper that corresponds with your classroom colors or theme and in color.Social skills badges forListeningUsing Kind WordsSharingTaking TurnsThese badges can be used when you see a student engaging in an appropriate social skill as a form of reinforcement. You can have students fill out the badge and put it in a jar, at the end of each week you can pick a couple of the badges and those students can receive a prize of some sort. This will motivate students to engage in appropriate social skills as the more badges you have the more chances you have to win.If that type of class wide reinforcement is not your thing, you can give the social skills badges to students when you see them engaging in an appropriate social skill and they can serve as parent communication or a positive parent note in that the student can fill it out and bring it home to their parent so the parent can see the students social skills accomplishments!Join the Teaching Behavior Together CommunityJoin the email list for weekly emails, monthly freebies, and alerts for sales and new products. (Click Here)Visit my website for more strategies and interventions you can use daily in your classroom. (Click Here)Follow me on Instagram for daily behavior and social emotional learning tips (Click Here)Follow me over on Pinterest for all things behavior and social emotional learning&nbsp;<a hr