Social Skills for Apologizing

Everyone makes mistakes. That’s part of being human! What happens if that mistake ends up hurting someone’s feelings or causing problems for someone else? You apologize and learn from that mistake. 

Apologies aren’t always easy, but they are a crucial element in your social skill set. If you’re looking for resources to teach your child with special needs about apologies, you’ve come to the right place! 

In our social skills module about apologizing, you can find visual supports that outline the four basic steps of saying you’re sorry:

1) Apologize (with sincerity)

2) Take responsibility for your actions

3) Explain how you’ll fix it so it doesn’t happen again

4) Allow the other person time to respond

Watson’s special education consultants created activity guides, magnet cards, and additional materials that reinforce how to make a sincere apology. Check these out or create your own! 

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

PowerPoint Presentation:

Saying I’m Sorry PowerPoint

Saying I’m Sorry Facilitator’s Guide

Resource Materials:

Saying I’m Sorry Activity

Saying I’m Sorry Magnet Cards

Saying I’m Sorry Outline

Saying I’m Sorry Mini Schedule

Saying I’m Sorry Parent Note

Saying I’m Sorry Teacher Note

Saying I’m Sorry Homework

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.

Saying I’m Sorry and Meaning It Pre/Post Assessment

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