Social Skills: The Hidden Ingredient to Success. Outcome for this Session is to Understand: What social skills are Benefits of teaching social skills How social skills instruction ties into PBIS and RtI Steps to teaching social skills
Social skills are observed and learned informally
Pull out groups with the counselor will fix the student so the classroom teacher does not need to be involved.
Behavior is learned
Behavior is teachable
Behavior is changeable
Behavior occurrences are affected by the environment
Behavior is more likely sustained if it is effective, efficient, relevant, and durable
“Inappropriate” social skills meet a student need and until we teach an “appropriate” replacement skill they will continue to use the inappropriate behavior
Social Skills instruction is a key element of the PBIS framework
Social skills are setting specific
Social skills instruction is guided by RtI
Systems for Students with High-Risk Behavior
Systems for Students with At-Risk Behavior
Wide Systems for
Staff, & Settings
Continuum of social skills intensity
~80% of Students
Continuum of Support for ALL students and ALL skills
Address social skills strengths & challenges
Label behavior…not people
Dec 7, 2007
Use examples from instructional universe
Teach general case and skill variations
Teach self-management strategies
Teach within and across settings
Step 1: Write the names of your students in the first column. Refer to the skills listed on the right and check off any skill sets that the student displays significant deficits compared to their peers. Count the total number of students for each skill set and write it at the bottom of each column.
Classroom Survival Skills:
-Asking for Help
-Saying Thank You
-Asking a Question
-Setting a Goal
-Beginning a Conversation
-Ending a Conversation
-Asking a Favor
-Giving a Compliment
-Accepting a Compliment
Skills for Dealing with Feelings:
-Knowing Your Feelings
-Expressing Your Feelings
-Recognizing Another's Feelings
-Expressing Concern for Another
-Dealing with Your Anger
-Dealing with Another's Anger
-Dealing with Fear
Skill Alternatives to Aggression:
-Responding to Teasing
-Staying Out of Fights
-Dealing with an Accusation
Skills for Dealing with Stress:
-Dealing with Losing
-Dealing with Being Left Out
-Being a Good Sport
-Reacting to Failure
-Dealing with Group Pressure
Step 2: Fill in the left column with the staff names (grouped by grade level) and total the number of students that were recommended for each skill set.
Step 3: Transfer the total number of students who were requested for each group to this page.
Step 4: If more than 20% of your campus or a particular grade level needs a certain skill set, you will want to teach those skills school-wide or per grade-level. What skill set(s) does your data show need to be taught school-wide?
Step 5: Identify skill sets that are needed at your campus that will not be addressed school-wide or through an existing social skills program.
Create small groups based on the skill needing more intensive social skills instruction.
How will progress be monitored?
How will the campus reinforce the skills taught?