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Social Skills Calendar

This school year, I’ll be running a social skills group at my work! I wanted a basic outline of topics to hopefully target each week. I decided that most of the time, things are too difficult to target in just one week so I made this handy dandy calendar of which topics I’ll target when. I will target each topic for 2 weeks and move on, but obviously most of the topics are connected.


I began the year with topics I know I’ll want my students to be familiar with right away. For example, if my kiddos aren’t using whole body listening, very little will get done the rest of the year!

 I hope to tie in themes/holidays as appropriate to target skills as well. For example, I put “Giving Compliments” over Valentine’s Day so it could easily be incorporated into therapy!

Note: Many of the topics are based on Maria Garcia Winner’s vocabulary and her Social Thinking Model. For more information on this, visit!

Hope this has been helpful!

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27 Comment

  1. Reply
    August 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    This is a great idea! Thanks for some inspiration!

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      August 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      You are more than welcome! Thanks for reading & commenting! 🙂

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    August 28, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Great idea! This helps organize the topcis!! Thanks for sharing. Just curious as to how many social skills therapy sessions you have per week?

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      September 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      I run one hour long group session a week and then see some of the kids for hour long sessions outside of group!

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    August 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks for posting this! We’re starting social groups at all of our schools this year, so this will come in handy!

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    Amanda Clayborne-Smith
    September 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Do you have this as a blank template?

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      September 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Email me and I can try and send over the Powerpoint version!

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        January 17, 2016 at 4:03 PM

        Hi may I also have an email version if you are able to share. Would really appreciate it.

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    Cadie Fairchild
    October 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Would you be able to send me the PowerPoint version of your social skills calendar. I would love to have a copy. Thanks, Cadie

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    Rachel Michaels
    November 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    I run a few social skills group as well, and this is helpful! Do you have anything that maps out your activities for each week? I’d love to take a look!

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    January 14, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    I am also interested in the questions about mapping out your activities and the powerpoint or an editable copy 🙂
    Thank you! This will be helpful in developing out curriculum!

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    April 23, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Hello, I am about to begin my CFY and I have a couple of social groups at my new job! I haven’t had much experience with social skills so I’m researching activities. Do you have activities that go along with these? I really love this idea!

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      April 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      I’ve done a ton of looking on Pinterest for a variety of ideas!!

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    Kellie Darling
    June 17, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I will be starting a new job this fall and would love to incorporate this into my planning. Can you please send me the power point as well? Again thank you for sharing!!!

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    August 15, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I would love the PowerPoint also.

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    August 20, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Sign me up for the powerpoint too!! This looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ashley Lund
    August 31, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    do you still have the powerpoint for this? I would love to do it with my ASD class

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    September 15, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Great idea! I do something similar in the groups I run but never typed it out like this! This would be great to give parents. I LOVE Michelle Garcia
    Winner’s resources and use them frequently!

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    Sue Schoot
    September 16, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    hi Shannon,
    If you still have the PowerPoint that you can send to me I would really appreciate it. I also run 4 social skills groups a day 4 days a week for 20-30 minutes. We use a lot of Michelle Garcia Winner’s vocabulary as well. Thank you so much for this idea.

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    Julie Litchfield
    October 2, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    I love this social skills group calendar! You’re so organized and your website is adorable! Would you mind if I use your template for our group? I would be really grateful.

    Thank you!


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      October 2, 2015 at 12:43 AM

      Thank you! You are more than welcome to borrow any of the ideas for you group! I’m not sure I have the original PowerPoint anymore (computer problems) but hope to remake one and share it this fall so stay tuned! 🙂

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        Bonnie Gamze
        March 11, 2016 at 11:12 AM

        Shannon –
        You are amazing –
        Might I also get a copy of the powerpoint?

        Thanks so much

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    December 1, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    have you recreated the power pont with activities? I’d love to have a copy if you have.

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      December 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      I haven’t but I hope to soon! Stay posted! Sorry for the delay!

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    Misti Kelley
    April 12, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    I would like to do some social groups at the beginning of next year. Could I please have a copy of your social skills power point? Thanks!

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    April 20, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Thank you for sharing this calendar! Do you have activities that go along with these topics that you can share/have shared?


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      April 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM

      You’re welcome! Unfortunately, I don’t have too many as most of these topics are Social Thinking topics and are copyrighted! Try searching their site for more ideas!

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