During social skills instruction, students have the support of the speech and language pathologist, social worker and/or psychologist to learn basic social skills, such as turn taking activities using age-appropriate games, and engaging in reciprocal conversations. They also learn how to appropriately initiate and respond to greetings with peers and staff throughout their school day. The small group setting gives students plenty of opportunity to practice these important social communication skills. Additional skills that are addressed in these small, pragmatic/social skills sessions include: attending to activities, following instructions, responding appropriately to peers, and increasing independence.
In addition to the direct services described, indirect and transition services are available for students receiving Social Skills/Pragmatics Instruction. The range of services varies widely depending on a student's individualized needs. The type and frequency of service are decided at the Team meeting.
Monitoring and consultation to parents and general education teachers is provided regarding the interventions
Data may be collected in a variety of settings to track the success of the service
Co-planning with general education teachers
Participation in collaborative team meetings
Social workers, school psychologists, and speech and language therapists are involved in the transition process between receiving and sending teachers.