Best Speech Therapy Resources for Social Skills

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We have all received that email from a colleague saying “Does anyone have information on X?  I just received a new student.”  Or maybe you sent it.  And you think:

“Yes!  I attended that conference last fall and the handouts are in?  Uh oh.”

OR

“When I packed up last spring I put them in the red box and.. wait… now that I think of it, where is my red box?”

We are beginning a series of blog posts that are bookmark worthy.  They will continue to live on our site and have new and great resources added to them.  We define resources broadly – books, sites, apps, videos.  Enjoy this post on pragmatic language!

Pragmatic Language

“Pragmatic language skill development is essential for children and adults to effectively navigate academic and social settings. “


I am going to get the cookie

I am going to get the cookie!

I would like the cookie please!

I would like the cookie please!

It involves communication skills including using language for a variety of purposes:

Informing (e.g., I’m going to get a cookie)

Demanding (e.g., Give me cookies)

Promising (e.g., I’m going to get you a cookie)

Requesting (e.g., I would like a cookie, please)

Greeting (e.g., hello, goodbye)

It also includes changing language according to the needs of a listener or situation, such as talking differently to a baby than to an adult, giving background information to an unfamiliar listener, speaking differently in a classroom than on a playground. Additionally, pragmatic language skills involves following rules for conversations and learning.

Las Reglas de la Clase

We’ve compiled some resources to help you target pragmatic language skills during your therapy sessions. We would love your feedback about how these websites, worksheets, and apps are helping you help your SUPER students.

superflexWEBSITE Speech Therapy Resources for Social Skills

Social Thinking

All the background information you would ever need about Social Thinking

Jill Kuzma’s Social and Emotional Skill Sharing Sit

This website is fun! Great social skills ideas and visuals  – Jill Kuzma

Guess How I Feel? & Funny Faces

Reviews of two games for practicing taking the perspective of others and recognizing/interpreting facial expressions

The Feelings Game

A simple online game for identifying facial expressions

Social Stories

A collection of printable social stories in English

Speaking of Speech

A compilation of speech and language materials contributed by SLPs

Pinterest

We’ve included two pins, but we know you can find so many more by searching Speech Therapy Resources for Social Skills!

WORKSHEETS

Speaking of Speech

A collection of printable worksheets, social stories.

ASD Social Skills Websites

Helpful information, strategies, and materials for working with students with autism spectrum disorders.

Adventures in Speech Pathology

Ideas for creating mini-books involving social skills.

BOOKS

Speech Therapy Resources for Social SkillsThe New Social Story Book

The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and their Peers

Winner of an Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award by the Autism Society of America, this 10th Anniversary Edition of The New Social Story Book offers over 150 of the most requested Social Stories, each one professionally written by Carol Gray.

Speech Therapy Resources for Social SkillsMy Social Stories Book

Taking the form of short narratives, the stories in My Social Stories Book take children step-by-step through basic activities such as brushing your teeth, taking a bath and wearing a safety belt in the car. These stories are written for preschoolers aged 2-6 and form a useful primer for non-autistic as well as autistic children.

Speech Therapy Resources for Social SkillsThe Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism

Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations. The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children with ASD to teach appropriate social behaviors. Color photographs illustrate the “right way” and “wrong way” to approach each situation and the positive/negative consequences of each.

Speech Therapy Resources for Social Skills

¡No David!

A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

APPS

Practicing Pragmatics Fun Deck $2.99

Select the cards you want students to see, and have them answer social skills questions about Politeness, Solving Problems, Feelings, Giving Information, Requesting, Telephone Skills, and Staying on Topic.

Step By Step Playing With Friends With The Wonkidos  $3.99

Teach your child the skills they need to know to ask a friend to play with them.

All About You All About Me Fun Deck $2.99

Select the cards you want students to see, and have them ask and answer essential questions about getting to know someone. The prompts include basic questions like, “What is your name?” and “What is your home address?” as well as open-ended questions and prompts like, “Tell me about your friends.”

How Would you Feel If… $2.99

Select the cards you want students to see, and have them discuss their feelings about a variety of situations. The prompts include questions like, “How would you feel if … you forgot to study for your spelling test?” and “How would you feel if … your favorite football team lost?”

Stories to Learn $13.99

S2L offers parents and educators the ability to create personalized stories using photos, text, and audio messages.

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ASHA

Written by: phuonglienpalafox

3 Comments on “Best Speech Therapy Resources for Social Skills”

  1. December 9, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Thank you for the article. I have seen your website and I truly think- it’s amazing how you share information and how detailed your posts are. This is from a parent who pores through the internet hoping to help my kid. Keep up the terrific work 🙂

    • December 9, 2016 at 7:58 am #

      Sapna,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. We love our jobs, and we work to support our speech-language pathologists and our families. Here is an blog post I just wrote for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association about family involvement–it’s a topic close to my heart. As a parent of three, I surely understand the heart-work we do to support our children. As the parent of a child with individualized needs, I right there alongside you to love, research and advocate. Take care and thank you so much. – Phuong

  2. Melissa@SpeechTherapyStore July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

    Hi,
    Thanks for all of the resources! I’ve used the No David! books and the kiddos love it.

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