Social skills support for SEN students

Sian Evans
10th February 2017
SEN students, social skills, social support, reading facial expressions, body language, conversational skills

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.

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 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.

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.  

Finally, these editable social stories, covering fundamental listening skills and self-control, are perfect for explaining appropriate behaviour in an understandable way.

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