Social skills support for SEN students

Prompt cards, worksheets and social stories to help students with SEN develop their social skills

Tes Resources Team

Group Of Students Practising Social Skills Reflecting Key Lesson Ideas For Students With Special Educational Needs

Practical tips and easy-to-use activities to develop the social skills of students with SEN

For some pupils, communicating with their peers can feel like an impossible task. By offering your students practical advice and taking time to discuss their concerns, you can help them feel more prepared for daily interactions. We’ve hand-picked the following engaging resources so you can do just that.

General resources

Help reluctant speakers become more confident when sharing their thoughts or feelings by practising communication using these prompt cards. Likewise, ensure that pupils are prepared for potentially upsetting events by creating a personalised social story, with help from this template.

For a more comprehensive approach, encourage learners to work through this detailed booklet, containing a range of fun activities to help them cope with everyday situations. Plus, this detailed set of social stories is ideal for developing key skills as a whole class or within individuals.


Social Skills intervention programme

Social Skills intervention programme

This programme is a short intervention intended for children in KS1 or for those who struggle to cope in social situations. Understanding of Social skills is an under pinning tool required throughout life. Identifying our own feelings and the feelings of others helps us to adapt in our ever cha...

Understanding emotions

Create this feelings fan, with accompanying vocabulary, to give students a simple way of expressing their emotions to others. In a similar vein, these talk cards and emotions questions are ideal for helping pupils to match emotions to particular scenarios, as well as beginning to empathise with how others might feel in those instances too.

Alternatively, support those who find it difficult to control their temper by discussing proactive strategies with this anger management worksheet.


Feeling Fan
Danny Barthorpe

Feeling Fan

The 'How and I Feeling Fan' is a simple way for children to express how they are feeling. The fan contains 14 different faces depicting different emotions along with the matching vocabulary. The fan can be easily made by both staff and child. *requires one paper fastener Age 3+ Symbol...
Let's Talk (Speaking and Listening) Feelings

Let's Talk (Speaking and Listening) Feelings

Lets talk cards which ask the do you feel when...? Explores feelings and emotions and would be great for EYFS/KS1 and for SEn as it uses widgit symbols. Brigh colourful designs make the crads a bit more engaging for group work activities.
Emotions Feelings Yes / No Questions

Emotions Feelings Yes / No Questions

This resource contains 24 different task cards giving students the choice of two answers - yes or no - to the question at the top. Each task card contains 1 question, 1 image and 2 answers. The task cards are all in the theme of Feelings / Emotions. These task cards come in col and b/w opt...
Managing Anger  - noting behaviour and strategies

Managing Anger - noting behaviour and strategies

Simple sheet that can be worked through with a pupil to help identify what happens when they feel angry and what they can do to relieve their anger. Two styles of sheets available: one with the addition of a body shape for drawing on. Both sheets available in 2 different skin tones.

Interacting with others

Make pupils aware of socially-acceptable proxemics, including intimate and public spaces, so that they get to grips with the concept of boundaries using this simple activity. Once they have grasped these, use this selection of conversation starters to rehearse common interactions and help students feel more comfortable about speaking to others.  

Delve into the world of making friends, and what it means to be a friend, with this comprehensive intervention planning resource. Finally, these editable social stories, covering fundamental listening skills and self-control, are perfect for explaining appropriate behaviour in an understandable way.


Social Skills - Proxemics

Social Skills - Proxemics

Worksheets to encourage pupils to think about where to stand in relation to others in different situations. The final sheet is to cut into four and laminate for extra activities you can think of.
Friendship Intervention for social skills

Friendship Intervention for social skills

This pack is suitable for WHOLE CLASS as well as group work. If there are teachers out there who have children who just don t get along then try running this as an intervention during PSHE time. Each lesson will take approximately 40 minutes to an hour. Each lesson is based on a letter from the wo...
3 editable social stories

3 editable social stories

These are 3 social stories which I wrote for a child with behaviour difficulties in my class: listening quietly to the teacher, lining up nicely and being aware of friends' personal space. They are fully editable and can be changed to suit your needs. Hopefully they will save someone some ...