Social Skills

The safe environment of the therapist’s office is a great place to work on social skills before testing them out in the real world. Between sessions offers therapy tools that encourage the proper development of social skills in children. Check out our therapy activities such as worksheets, games, play therapy activities, and more. Download the resources you need for your next session. If you don’t see the resources you need, we can create those custom therapy tools for you!

Conversation Land Board Game — This board game teaches conversation to children, asking them to think and talk about subjects like being bored in a conversation, non-verbal language, taking turns, and much more. There are two versions of the game, one for lower elementary school and one for upper elementary school. (social skills, ASD, 1020)

What Makes Friend Word Search — This worksheet is designed to help children understand the value of friendships. (emotional intelligence, social skills, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD).

What Is In The Cave — This 3-part projective technique can be useful in assessing and treating children with fears and anxiety disorders. Form Type: PDF (0715)

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Starting Conversations with Positive Comments and Compliments (Kids) — This simple board game gives children the chance to practice giving compliments to others. (social skills, making friend, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavior, conversation skills, game, 0221)

Friendship Behavior Crossword Puzzle — Have children complete this crossword puzzle and discuss important concepts in making and keeping friends. (social skills, ASD, friends, 101920

Talking About Positive Emotions (Kids) — Create this paper “Fortune Teller” in minutes for a great way to get kids talking about positive emotions. (Emotional intelligence, positive psychology, emotional communication, 1218)

Teaching Social Flexibility (Card Game) — This activity for kids and teens teaches the importance of flexible social thinking. It includes two “poster” handouts to open a discussion on flexible thinking and a simple card game to practice new skills. (Asperger Syndrome, social intelligence, autism, ADHD, 1018)

Voice Volume Meter — This fun tool is designed to teach children to pay attention to their voice volume in different social settings. It takes just a minute to assemble a Voice Volume Control-o-Meter, which can be used in a variety of setting. (Autism, ADHD, social skills, communication) (Autism, ADHD, social skills, communication, 1018)

Think Positive Board Game — This printable board game teaches children to change negative to positive thinking, anticipate negative consequences, solve interpersonal problems, and develop a positive value system. It takes just a few minutes to cut out the cards and paste on the backs, and you are ready to play this inspiring game. (0218)

Thinking About Emotions Game — This worksheet is designed to help people think and talk about their feelings. Players pitch a penny on the worksheet and then talk about the feeling where the penny lands. The game can be played in a small group or even by an individual. (emotional intelligence, depression, communication, social skills, 0317)

Show Your Feelings Role Play Games — Get people talking about their feelings with three “cut and tape” dice games. These games are fun to play and a great way to encourage kids, teens, or even adults to talk about their feelings.

Teaching Young Children To Listen — This simple game is played like the classic game Simon Says. It can be used to teach young children the importance of listening to adult requests. PDF

Feelings Toss — This game is designed to help children express their feelings. Players toss a penny and tell about a time they had a particular feeling. Form Type: PDF

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Friendship Poster — This poster can be put in the home or the classroom to remind all of us about the importance of friendship. (values, character education, social skills, 0818)

Kindness - Pass it On Poster — This poster is designed to help people remember the importance of daily acts of kindness. (0715)

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Complimenting Others — This story is designed to help children see the importance of complimenting others. Form Type: PDF

Speaking Calmly to Get Attention — This story teaches children how to get an adult's attention in an appropriate way.

Getting Along With Others — This story helps children see the benefits of getting along with siblings and friends.

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Getting Along with Others (Kids) — This worksheet teaches children basic behaviors that will help them make and keep friends. (0721, social skills, making friends)

The Galaxy of Feelings (Kids) — This worksheet helps children learn to match different feelings with different facial expressions. (0621. Feelings, emotional communication, empathy)

Thinking About Your Behavior — This worksheet is designed to help children understand how their behavior affects others. (0321, behavior problems, ADHD, social skills)

The Gift of Caring Words (Kids) — This worksheet asks children to think about the importance of using caring words, particularly if another child is in distress (0321, empathy, behavior, ADHD, social skills)

Identifying Social Problems on the Problem Planet (Kids) — This worksheet asks children to think about the kinds of social problems that children may have (0221, social skills, ADHD, ASD)

What Do You Have in Common With the People You Know? — This worksheet asks children to think about common interests they have with people they know. Common interests are the basis of making friends. (0121, social skills, friend-making)

The Conversation Train (Children) — This activity is designed to help children learn how to conduct a give and take conversation. (social skills, ASD, ADD, communication, 0920)

Solving Problems (children) — This fill-in-the-blank story asks children to think about ways to compromise when two children want different things. (problem-solving, compromise, sibling rivalry,0520)

Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated — This worksheet is designed to start a discussion on the importance of treating others well. Children are asked to circle cartoons which depict appropriate behavior at a carnival. (0210)

The Importance of Being Honest (Kids) — This worksheet is intended to help start a conversation with children about the importance of being honest. (emotional intelligence, character education, resiliency, behavior, 0120)

Word Splash - Caring (Kids) — This worksheet helps kids think about the importance of caring for others. (0120)

Greeting People for the First Time — This worksheet asks kids to think about the best ways to greet people when meeting them. (social skills, ASD, ADHD, 1219)

Being Polite (Kids) — This worksheet for kids addresses two issues – being kind and being truthful. The exercise asks kids to answer the question by filling in a word/number puzzle. Ages 7+.(character education, kindness, behavior, social skills, 1119)

Learning to Apologize (Children) — This worksheet asks kids to write simple apology notes asking what they can do to make things better. (caring, compassion, conflict resolution, 0919)

Meet Me in the Middle — This exercise is designed to help children discuss the value of making compromises (behavior, ADHD, 0919)

Taking Turns in Groups (Kids) — This worksheet is designed to help children learn the importance of taking turns while talking in a group. (ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, ASD, Behavior, 0719)

Understanding Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors (Children) — This packet includes seven worksheets to help children talk about their the issues that are bothering them. (0619, CBT)

Being Alone and Being with Others - Card Game — This simple card game is designed to help children and younger teens understand the consequences of being alone. There are three types of cards. The first type of card encourages children to make pro-social choices. A second card type helps children develop more pro-social thinking. The third type of card asks children to talk about experiences being alone and being with others, opening up conversations about what they can do differently. (Asperger Syndrome, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, 0519)

Feelings Flash Cards — There are 13 Feelings Flash Cards representing 12 feelings and 1 “blank” face for adults or children to add their own feelings. You can make as many copies of the blank card as you like to add additional feelings. The cards come with discussion questions that can be used to begin conversations that spur emotional intelligence. (0218, depression, anxiety, communication)

What Do You Like About Your Friends? — This worksheet is intended to help children see the qualities they value most in their friends. (character education, social skills, friendship, Asperger Syndrome, 0217)

Be Flexible About Your Plans — This worksheet is designed to start a conversation with children about the importance of being flexible in social situations. (social intelligence, autism, Asperger Syndrome, 0117)

Thinking About Others — This worksheet is designed to help children see the importance of thinking about others. It asks children to identify the things that four kids are doing wrong at a party and think about what they could say and do that would show more caring behavior. (EQ, emotional intelligence, 11116)

You Can Have More Than One Feeling At A Time — This worksheet is designed to help children see that emotions can be complicated and even contradictory. The worksheet asks children to identify conflicting feelings in four situations and then to think of situations where they have had several different feelings at the same time. PDF (0316, emotional intelligence, emotions)

Tell The World! — This worksheet is designed to help people think about what is really important for them to communicate to others. It asks people to design a billboard for the world to see and to identify one specific person they want to read it. PDF (0316, art therapy, communication)

Listening During a Conversation — This worksheet is designed to help children understand appropriate conversational responses. (0216, conversation, social skills, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD)

Words You Want to Hear — Everyone likes encouragement, but most people don’t get enough support when they really need it. This worksheet is intended to help people think about the words they really want to hear and give themselves “self-support” anytime they need it. PDF (0116, praise, self-image, identify, support).

Just Scribble — This worksheet can be used for two purposes: to help people relax when anxious or stressed and to help people think about their feelings. PDF (1116, relaxation, insight)

Three Things That Are Important To You — This worksheet is designed to help kids think and talk about their values. Form Type: PDF (0618)

Talking to a Friend Who is Angry — This worksheet is designed to help children see the hidden rules about their social behavior. It specifically asks them to identify the hidden rules about how to approach a friend who is angry. The worksheet can be used to spark a conversation about hidden rules. (0515)

Be Considerate In Your Conversations — Some children are naturally empathetic, but many others have to be taught the importance of considering the feelings of others. This worksheet is designed to help children be more sensitive to how others may be feeling in a conversation. Form Type: PDF (0415)

Joining a Group — This worksheet is designed to teach children the best way to join a group of peers who are already engaged in conversation or an activity. This is often a problem for children with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, or children with social anxiety. (ADHD, Asperger syndrome, ASD, social anxiety, 0315)

Learning To Help Others — This visual puzzle asks children to color in the kids in the lunchroom who are helping others. Form Type: PDF

Note for Kids to Ask For Help — This worksheet can be used to children who are having difficulty asking for help. They can fill out the help (with or without the aid of a counselor) and then give it to the appropriate adult. . PDF

Teaching Kids To Be Thoughtful — This coloring sheet can be used to introduce the concepts of thoughtfulness and consideration to children. It can also be used as a mini-behavior program, letting children color in a star every time they do something thoughtful.

Talking About Teasing — This worksheet for young children asks them to think about how children tease each other and what you should when children are teased. Useful for individual counseling or group discussion.

Pushing Your Anger Buttons — This worksheet is designed to help people identify situations or events that trigger their anger.

Emotions Below the Tip of The Iceberg — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotions they hide from others. (emotional intelligence, feelings, relationships, 0214)

Handling Frustration — This worksheet is designed to help people gain some perspective on how they react to frustration. PDF

Learn About Feelings — Use this worksheet to help kids and teens talk about basic feelings.Form Type: PDF

When You are Supposed To Pay Attention — This worksheet will help kids and teens identify behaviors that distract others.PDF

What Do You Want Your Teacher To Say? — This worksheet gives children the chance to talk about their relationship with their teacher.

Create Your Own TV Show — This worksheet can give insight on how children perceive their families.

Morning Distractions — This worksheet helps kids with ADHD and other distraction problems identify the things that slow them down when it is time to get ready for school. PDF

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