PowerPoints on Social Skills in Special Education

PowerPoints on social skills in special education were developed in response to current social research in the field of autism spectrum disorders, the difficulties these students experience with writing skills, the need for curriculum for students at the middle and high school level, and decreased planning time afforded to special education educators. In addition, staff at Watson Institute – including consultants, social workers, psychologists, and special education teachers – shared their observations from years of work in the field and research settings to determine a medium that would meet the needs they viewed as important to students with social challenges.

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Calming Down When Things Go Wrong

Calming techniques for unpleasant situations. Best used by preschool, primary and early middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Assertive versus Aggressive

There is a difference! Best used by middle and secondary school-age students as well as young adults who need some support.

Conversation Skills: Listening

There are special skills to use when you really listen to others. Best for middle, secondary, and young adult aged students.
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I Can Learn From Losing

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game! Best used for preschool and primary school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Hellos! Goodbyes!

Greetings are important social skills. Best used for primary and middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Having Fun at Recess

Recess is great playtime. Best used for primary school-age students who need some support.
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Friends and Teasing

A real friend won't tease you. Best used by primary and early middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Feelings

We all have feelings and we care about others. Best used by primary (4th & 5th), middle and secondary school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Let’s Play Together

Activities that promote playing with others. Best used by preschool and primary school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Talking About Feelings

Talking about feelings helps to deal with them. Best used by primary and early middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.

Teasing

Learning the difference between friendly and unfriendly teasing. Best used for middle and secondary school-aged students as well as Young Adults who need some supports.
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Emotions and Triggers

Controlling emotions and events that trigger them. Best used by Primary, Middle, and Secondary school-aged students, as well as Young Adults who need some supports.
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Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying can happen anywhere, even at home where a person should feel safe. Best used by primary (4th & 5th), middle and secondar school-age students and young adults who need some support.
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Taking Care of My Body

Proper hygiene and exercise are important. Best used by primary (4th & 5th) and middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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I Can Work in a Group

Working in a group is being part of a team. Best used by Primary, Middle, and Secondary school-aged students who need some support.

I Can Handle Waiting

Waiting is SO hard! Find out tips to help. Best used for elementary through grade 4.

I Can Be Helpful – Not Bossy

Read our special education resources on how to be helpful but not bossy! Best used by primary and middle (6th) school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Reading Body Language

This man's arms are folded. What does that tell you about his mood? Best used by middle (5th) and secondary school-age students and young adults who need some support.

I Can Tackle Test Taking

Read on for special education resources to tackle test taking. Best used by primary (4th-5th), middle and secondar school-age students who need some support.

I Can Handle Put-Downs

Read more for tips and resources for handling put-downs! Best used by primary (4th-5th), middle and secondary school-age students who need some support.

I Understand Personal Space

Figure out 'how close should I be?' in many situations. Best for students in 4th grade through early secondary.

I Can Handle Cliques

Find out what a clique is, how they act, what it feels like to be left out, and what strategies to use if cliques are upsetting. Best for students in middle through secondary school level.

Am I a Bully?

It's hard to be bullied, but are you the Bully? Best for students in 4th grade through early secondary.
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What to Do About Bullying

Live, in person bullying is different from cyber bullying. Best used by middle (5th grade) and secondary school-age students and young adults who need some supports.
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I Can Stay Safe Online

Be careful of the information you share online. Best used by primary (4th & 5th grade), middle and secondary school-age students and young adults who need some support.
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What To Do About Worries

Activities to keep the mind from worrying. Best used by primary and middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Mealtime Manners

Proper etiquette during meals. Best used by primary and middle school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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Don’t Be a Rude Dude

Social manners make a difference! Best used by primary (3rd-5th) and middle (5th-6th) school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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I Can Stay Safe on the School Bus

Do you know what to do to stay safe? Check our Watson Resources for more information on school safety. Best for primary and early middle school aged students.

Making Good Choices at School

Resources to make good choices at school. Best used by primary school-age students who need minimal to substantial support.
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I Can Feel Good About Myself

Have a Positive Self Image. Best used by primary (4th-5th) and middle (5th-7th) school-age students who need some support.

I Can Follow Directions

Do I know exactly how to follow directions in my classroom? I can learn! Best for students in 2nd grade or 3rd through 5th grade.

Saying I’m Sorry (and Meaning It)

Resources for how to say I'm sorry and mean it. Best used by primary (3rd-5th), middle and secondary school-age students who need some support.

I Can Accept Consequences

Can I learn from consequences? What are consequences anyway? Best used for upper elementary and middle school students.
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I Can Handle Homework

Homework – a fact of life and strategies to make it easier! Best used for students 4th through secondary.
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I Can Practice Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness and How Can it Help in and out of School? Check this out! Best used for Upper Elementary through Middle School.

I Can Show Compassion

Find out what compassion means and how to show it. Best for students in middle school through secondary.

I Can Handle Peer Pressure

There are solutions where there is peer pressure. Best for students in middle, secondary, and young adult school levels.

I Can Ask for Help

It's OK to ask for help, figure out when and how. Best for students in 4th grade through early secondary.
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Building Conversations

How to start a conversation. Best used for primary school-age students who need some support.

I Can Turn My Day Around

Ever have one of those days? Find out four ways to turn it around to a better day! Best for students in middle through secondary school.