Materials, Social Skills

Social Skill Visuals

This school year, I’m lucky enough to have 2 social groups. However, due to the reality of scheduling, not all of my students working on social skills were able to be put in a group strictly working on social skills. I’ve had this difficulty forever and finally came up with a printable to help: Social Skill Focus Sheets! I needed a way to… 1) Remind my students working on social skills what they were working on, 2) And WHY they were working on it and 3) Allow me to target social skills in ANY group with ANY activity!

social skill visuals

Click here to check them out in my TpT store. 

I realized that I had been using visuals heavily with all of my language and articulation students, but was slacking a bit on using consistent visuals with my students working on social skills. I needed something grab and go yet effective AND age-appropriate (no baby graphics) as I work primarily with grades 5 and 6.

I made these social skill “focus sheets” for 18 social skills as follows:

  • Sharing the conversation
  • Staying on topic
  • Starting conversations
  • Asking great questions
  • Making great comments
  • Keeping our bodies focused
  • Slowing down
  • Using positive self-talk
  • Giving compliments
  • Sharing how we feel
  • Tone of voice
  • Compromising
  • Having “just right” energy
  • Personal space
  • Taking turns
  • Body language
  • Being kind
  • Solving problems

Each half sheet has a visual and a student friendly explanation including why the skill is important.

I use them in a variety of ways but primarily in mixed groups with a student or two who are working on social skills. I set out one card per session and spend some time explaining the skill, referencing the sheet, and setting a goal with the student about how they will use that skill this session. For example, I might choose the “compromising” card for one session. The student and I might review compromising, read the card, and set a goal for how many times they can compromise this session. The student keeps track of their progress. Some examples of these half sheets are shown below:

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Then, at the end of the session, I have them answer some of the reflection questions as shown below. I keep this sheet laminated and in my binder as well.


Last, once and a while, I have them fill out an “exit slip” as shown below.


All of these printables are included in my Social Skill Focus Sheets packet in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Click here to check them out!

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66 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ruth Ness
    December 11, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    These look amazing!!!

  2. Reply
    Kelly Leis
    December 11, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    The WHY part is so crucial – I love the reflection questions!

    1. Reply
      December 11, 2016 at 9:42 AM

      I agree! Thank you!

  3. Reply
    Khris Davis
    December 11, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Always looking for new products for social skills as my caseload is expanding in this area. Thanks so much.

  4. Reply
    Megan F
    December 11, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    These beauties have been on my wishlist! Visuals are so important for my kiddos so I know these would benefit them a ton!

  5. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    This would be wonderful for one of the 8th graders that I work with. Could be incorporated into each of his sessions.

  6. Reply
    Kathryn Scudieri
    December 11, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I love the exit slips for increasing self-awareness! Such an awesome idea.

  7. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    This would be a handy resource to have in my toolkit as a grad student soon to be graduating. 🙂

  8. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    I also feel like I’m slacking on the social language visuals. These could help my students focus on which social skill we’re targeting, and I like the opportunity for them to self check at the end if the session.

  9. Reply
    Annie G
    December 11, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Love this product! I’ll have to add it to my wishlist. I’m really interested to see how the positive self talk portion works with my students. So many of my high functioning students have negative feelings about themselves and others and it will be great for them to learn and feel more positively about themselves!

  10. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Social skills activities are so hard to find- especially for the older guys! This looks great for both individual and group settings! The reflection questions are so important for kids of all ages

  11. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Looks great! I like your reflection questions– I have a few social skills students who can do alright with their goal in structured practice, but will argue sometimes about why it doesn’t matter throughout the rest of their day.

  12. Reply
    Grace Sitton
    December 11, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    The social skills visuals look amazing and would be a great tool to use with my students!!!

  13. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Love the visuals, reflection questions, and self-monitoring sheets! This would be really useful to explain the “why” and help with carryover. 🙂

  14. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Looks like it would be a great resource!!!

  15. Reply
    Jessica G
    December 11, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    I like the self monitoring sheets to encourage carryover. Thank you!

  16. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Providing students with a concrete example of these skills will be so helpful! A lot of my visual learners will be able to grasp the concepts now that they’re in such a friendly, helpful format. Thank you!!

  17. Reply
    Suzanne Roberts
    December 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    I love th combination of the explanation and a picture visual. It makes these sheets very flexible to use in therapy!

  18. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Looks like a handy resource for social skills!

  19. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    I love this product! A great visual for these kids that need a little extra help. I especially like how you brought in the Wh questions.

  20. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    As a soon-to-be CF in the public schools, these look like they would be super helpful!

  21. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    These are definitely something I am looking into purchasing! I only have 1 student with social skill goals but everyone can benefit from these reminders. I love that you included the reflection questions and that they are only a 1/2 page so they can easily be on the table but not distracting. Thank you for creating such awesome products!

  22. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    these look fab!

  23. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    This looks like a great way to continue social thinking while working in a mixed group!

  24. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    These are awesome! I just finished my internship at a school and LOVED it. I can’t wait to start my CF!

  25. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Love the visuals! I am a grad student who would love to add this to my materials

  26. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I love the visuals! Great idea to use with my own kiddos.

  27. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    This is so helpful for middle school students with social language goals!

  28. Reply
    Lindsay L
    December 11, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    These visuals are great! and would be very helpful in mixed groups.

  29. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    My junior high kids would really benefit from these visuals that break down the conversational processes into chunks! I really like the reflection questions because they will help them think about situations that they have experienced or might experience in the future. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  30. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    This would be a wonderful resource in my clinical fellowship! I am a big fan of your materials!

  31. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    I love these visuals and reflection questions! Due to curriculum changes I can’t take any of my students with social skills together this would be so helpful with those mixed groups.

  32. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    I love this!! I am in my clinical fellowship year and always looking for great ideas! Thank you 🙂

  33. Reply
    Helen Wagner
    December 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    This is such a needed resource! This would be great for my social skills groups!!! You have a knack for knowing what we need!

  34. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    I’m adding these to my wish list!

  35. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Working with cognitively Impaired and autistic, visuals are the way to go in teaching any skill. Thanks for making these. It makes so much sense!

  36. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Looks like a great idea! Thanks so much for putting all we do for social skills in a great format/organized!

  37. Reply
    Kelsey Schiele
    December 11, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    These look so great! Such an organized way to approach the HUGE area that social communication entails!

  38. Reply
    Bessie Moreno
    December 11, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    I really love this idea. Can’t wait to start using it!

  39. Reply
    Jada Smith
    December 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    I love this! Visuals help so much! 🙂

  40. Reply
    Kymber Broadhead
    December 11, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    This looks so awesome! I’m just starting to apply for grad school, but you have some awesome resources. Thanks!

  41. Reply
    Angela Moorad
    December 11, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I have several patients with Autism who could benefit from these new social skills visuals. Thanks for making them and the opportunity to win a set! ? ~ Angela

  42. Reply
    Joan Pasqua
    December 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    The reflections pages are awesome to tie it all together. Our kids need to understand why they are working on these issues!

  43. Reply
    December 11, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    These look wonderful!!

  44. Reply
    Teresa Lass
    December 11, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed…

  45. Reply
    Michelle Cayemberg
    December 12, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    This is exactly want I need for my third graders. It is appropriate for their age and I love the tasks.

  46. Reply
    Tiffany B.
    December 12, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    These are so great! I love the exit slips so students can monitor their own behavior. My students seem to struggle most with self-monitoring so this would be really helpful.

  47. Reply
    Yvette Bardole
    December 12, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    This pack looks great! Love the student friendly definitions and easy to understand graphics!

  48. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Appropriate groups can be so hard to find, especially when there’s only one or two kids targeting social skills on my caseload. I love that this modifies anything to help the student focus on a specific skill.

  49. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Theses visuals seem like a great way to reinforce why my social skills students come to speech and what we are working on. I love how you broke it down so it’s much more manageable per session than a blanket social skills session. As I work with the 3:1 model, I feel this could also help the general ed teachers know what we are focusing on to better support generalization of these skills – plus it could be a small lesson for the whole class!

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      December 15, 2016 at 8:31 PM

      You win! Email me at and I’ll send the product over!

  50. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    I really like this packet. I like that you made it appropriate for older students too!

  51. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    This product would be PERFECT for two of my high school student I am seeing during lunch time during a mixed skills group to address generalization of goals.

  52. Reply
    Stephanie Bigham
    December 12, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    This is on my wish list for sure!!

  53. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    I could see this product being so helpful for a bunch of my groups! Even in groups where everyone is working on social skills, a visual cue for a particular student is so much easier and less intrusive than constant verbal reminders.

  54. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    These are great! Perfect for students with ASD, ADD, EBD or SLD! Love the visual supports as well as the self reflection component. Thanks for creating this!

  55. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    I cannot wait to use these in my classroom!

  56. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Love the visual supports and explanations!

  57. Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    This looks great….all I want for Christmas is this!

  58. Reply
    December 13, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    This is a great visual! Can’t wait to use it!

  59. Reply
    December 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    These are really nice visual supports. I plan to use them at home with my son!

  60. Reply
    December 13, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    This would be perfect for my middle school group. Fingers crossed that I win!

  61. Reply
    December 13, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    These look like great visuals to use and I love the self-reflection portion! I have so many students who need support with carryover and rating themselves will be great for supporting that!

  62. Reply
    December 13, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    This is awesome! Love how it spells everything out nicely and LOVE the reflection piece!

  63. Reply
    Shara Kuehl
    December 14, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the visuals!!! And the Exit Slip for Self-Reflection and Assessment!

  64. Reply
    Kalli Nelson
    December 15, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    These social skills visuals are EVERYTHING!!! The reflection piece is an amazing compliment 🙂 I have so many littles that would benefit from this

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