Social Skills to Teach About Differences

No two people are exactly alike, even if they are identical twins! The personality traits, aesthetics, and cultural influences that make each person unique help make our world more interesting and diverse! 

Teaching your students or children the social skills to be accepting of the things that make others different can help them as they mature and begin to experience different cultures and aesthetics. 

Here are a few tips to teach your students or children to help them accept and learn about differences in their peers:

  1. Keep an open mind – be willing to learn about others’ point of view 
  2. Introduce yourself – has a new student joined your classroom? Make them feel welcomed by saying hello and introducing yourself! 
  3. Learn more about the other person – ask them questions to learn more about their family and what their old school/city was like. Get to know their interests – you may have more in common than you originally thought! 
  4. Find things you have in common – share your favorite hobbies, TV shows, books, music, etc. and ask them about their interests
  5. Accept that your differences make you both special! 

Watson provides a learning module with various resources and activities to teach your students how to accept differences – check them out and give them a try with your classroom! 

The special education resources on this page were authored by Watson Institute’s special education consultant, Andee Morris, M.Ed.

Power Point Presentations:

Everyone is Different Facilitators Guide

Everyone is Different Power Point Presentation

Resource Materials:

Everyone is Different Activity

Everyone is Different Magnet Cards

Everyone is Different Outline

Everyone is Different Homework

Everyone is Different Parent Note

Everyone is Different Teacher Note

Everyone is Different Mini Schedule

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