How to Improve Social Skills that Teens Need for Life


If you need some ideas for how to improve teen social skills that they need in their daily lives, and a freebie, keep on reading! 

Whether your students have autism, an emotionally disturbed label,  nonverbal language disorder, or lack higher-level language skills, you surely have seen situations where students don’t function well in social situations with their peers.

Tips and a free download for how to improve social skills teens need for life!
Do your teens ever tell you about disagreements they are having?

Maybe each of the students involved are kids that usually get along, and you just didn’t expect this disagreement. 

Maybe the student is a really nice kid who somehow manages to get in disagreements often, with no clue of how it happened.


Maybe the student is a bit hot-headed and easy to anger, so really needs some help learning how to work things out.

Think about this:

Maybe the disagreement broke out because one teen misunderstood the other.

Maybe one kid responded inappropriately because they misread nonverbal cues.

Maybe one student didn’t understand the nonliteral language being used in a conversation and gave an off base response.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? This can happen at any time and really impacts how well our students work in groups, their friendships, and their social interactions. And I know how hard it is to find appropriate level materials to address these needs because I searched and searched!

Now you can engage your students and improve language for real-life social skills!

The free download, shown in these pictures, shows you what is included in each unit. Try it out and see how engaged your teens can be!

Download this free, no prep social skills unit for teens to foster great discussions!
Each unit has a common social scenario based around a photo that can be used for improving nonverbal communication skills: facial expressions, gestures, and body language.

The scenarios include figurative language, nonliteral language, and idioms to improve higher-level language skills. If your students need some extra comprehension help, don’t worry! The complete units also have another scenario to start with that has lower-level vocabulary and literal language to ensure that students understand the scene.

Each scenario comes with discussion questions, and an answer key to guide your discussion, so there is no prep involved! You can concentrate most on what each particular mixed group needs, whether it is nonverbal language, nonliteral language, or both!

Use the follow-up worksheets for classwork or homework!

Each worksheet provides additional practice to follow up after your group discussions. Use the most appropriate for each student or use them all!

Download this free, no prep social skills unit for teens to foster great discussions!
After discussing the story idioms, your students can review with this printable worksheet for explaining the meanings in the story context. If your students need to start at a more concrete level and get more practice, be sure to download the free bonus pages, too.



Download this free, no prep social skills unit for teens to foster great discussions!
Students can get practice summarizing the important story details and determining cause-effect relationships, as well as beginning problem solving, using this worksheet.





Download this free, no prep social skills unit for teens to foster great discussions!
With this worksheet, students explain the problem from the character's perspective and offer two solutions, justifying each.

Then they choose the best solution and explain why they thought that was best.


Download this free, no prep social skills unit for teens to foster great discussions!
Make sure that your students comprehended the group discussion and retained important details with this worksheet. They take the character's perspective to fill in a thinking bubble, define idioms, and explain important details from the social scenario.



Download this free, no prep social skills unit for teens to foster great discussions!
There are also game cards for practicing the new nonliteral language from each scenario! 

Use these cards in matching activities, with your own board games, or download the free printable board game you will have access to when you join the 'It Looks Like Language to Me!' Facebook group.


There are so many higher language skills are covered in each scenario that your mixed groups will be a piece of cake! When you see how engaged your students are in these real-life scenarios that have meaning for them, you will want more!

No worries! There are lots more scenarios available!

Social Inferences 1:

~ A fight before a date
~ Forgetting something important
~ An argument at school
~ Cyber-bullying
~ Getting bad news over the phone

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Social Inferences 2:

~ Sister problems
~ Being honest in a relationship
~ Teasing Trouble
~ Being left out
~ Getting bullied


Social Inferences 3:

~ Missing Your Best Friend
~ A Fight with Your Sister
~ Relationship Problems
~ Talking at the Movies
~ Disapprove of Peers

To get your free bonus pages of the literal level of ‘A Friend Picks a Fight’ head on over to join my FB group ‘It Looks Like Language to Me.’

Enjoy!

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