Social Skills for Learning to Greet People

Girl waving

Teaching your child or student how to politely and appropriately greet someone is an important part of developing social skills. 

The way you greet someone may be different depending upon your relationship to that person. For example, you likely wouldn’t greet your teacher the same way you would greet your mom or grandmother. 

With family members or close friends, you may greet them casually or with a hug. Whereas with someone you are meeting for the first time or a teacher, you will likely want to say hello and offer a wave or a handshake. 

Learning how to differentiate and pick the most appropriate way to greet someone is an important social skill that you can help students develop. 

Check out the social skills module on greetings which includes activity guides, homework assignments, and power cards that you can share with your students to reinforce these concepts. 

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

Powerpoint Presentation:

Hellos! Goodbyes!

Resource Materials:

Hellos! Goodbyes! Activity Sheet 1

Hellos! Goodbyes! Activity Sheet 2

Hellos! Goodbyes! Homework

Hellos! Goodbyes! Mini-Schedule

Hellos! Goodbyes! Outline and Materials

Hellos! Goodbyes! Parent Note

Hellos! Goodbyes! Social Power Cards

Hellos! Goodbyes! Teacher Note

Pre/Post Assessment

A pre and post lesson assessment is included in each lesson. Use of the assessment is an instructor preference.  Many of the ‘homework’ pages for a lesson can be used as a pre/post assessment device alone or as part of the provided assessment.  Each homework page can be checked by the instructor as well as the student.

Review all included pages of the lesson to determine what ‘assessment’ method will meet your needs.  If the student is able to achieve a + in the majority of items of the pre-assessment, or if the student has been observed to display the skill topic of the lesson often, then the lesson may not be introduced or can be taught with a group as review and/or reinforcement.

Hellos! Goodbyes! Pre/Post Assessment

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