This page is a compilation of my content and my favorite resources available to target social skills in speech therapy – discover tons of ideas, activities, websites, and resources! Bookmark this page or save it to Pinterest with the image at the bottom!
Social Skills You Should Be Targeting in Speech Therapy
The Difference Between Social Skills and Pragmatics
Games for Developing Social Skills
How to Use Short Videos in Speech Therapy
Strategies for Tantrum-Free Transitions
How to Use Picture Scenes in Speech Therapy
30 Books to Target Inferencing
How to Use Blank Comics in Speech Therapy
Play and Social Skills Developmental Checklist – A screening tool for developmental skills for ages 0-8.
Social Thinking – The Social Thinking website has lots of good information, including free webinars and research articles, in addition to their programs for purchase.
Carol Gray Social Stories – Carol Gray is known for developing the evidence-based practice of social stories. Her website is a useful tool to understand what social stories are for, as well as how to create and use them.
What Isn’t a Social Story – A handy downloadable PDF to make sure you are writing social stories the correct way.
ASHA The 4 Social Communication Components
Jill Kuzma – This is a great blog and website for therapy ideas and free downloads for social and emotional skills. Find things easily with the types of social skills being broken up into different sections.
Everyday Speech – Everyday Speech is a membership site for social language materials. It includes videos, worksheets, and apps created by an SLP. You are able to preview the libraries of content before purchasing a membership.
Short Videos Pinterest Board – This Pinterest board is dedicated to short videos that I pull up in sessions. Use these videos as an engaging way to target many important skills, including inferences, predicting, emotions, cause/effect, and more!
Blank Comics Pinterest Board – This Pinterest board is dedicated to blank comics that I pull up in sessions. Use these videos as an engaging way to target many important skills, including inferences, predicting, emotions, cause/effect, and more!
Social Skills Games
Social Story Creator and Library – This app contains 20+ social stories. You can create your own, share, receive, or print stories as well. You have the option to purchase social stories individually. $9.99
Choiceworks – Create visual schedules with this app! Make a schedule, task, waiting, feeling, or coping boards. The app comes preloaded with 180 visuals with prerecorded audio. Upload your own pictures or videos and print! $6.99
Between the Lines Advanced HD – There are 3 apps for different levels. The main focuses are listening skills, body language, and expressions. The app uses real videos, pictures, and voices for a variety of social situations. $15.99
Social Detective – This app is a companion to the “You are a Social Detective” book in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum. It covers expected and unexpected behavior, understanding others’ comfortable and uncomfortable thoughts, social toolbox items, and smart guesses. $9.99 or $23.99 for all 3 levels
Conversation Builder – A great app for conversation skills: turn-taking, initiating conversation, and staying on topic. Use in one-on-one sessions or in group therapy. There are 160 conversations to choose from and the student can either initiate or respond to conversations. $19.99 or $31.00 for both
Let’s Be Social – Includes 20 social skills lessons with the ability to create your own lessons as well. The topics include personal interactions, navigating the community, school behavior, handling change, and social relationships. FREE – $9.99 upgrade
Emotions – This app has over 500 real emotions photos grouped by babies, kids, and adults. A great variety of feelings are included to work on expressively and receptively. A great feature is everything in the app is customizable. You can hide certain emotions or add your own photos and voice recordings. $1.99
Social Skills Resource Lists – This includes ideas to plan and execute social skills therapy. Find websites, apps, developmental norms, games, and more!
Conversation Prompts – St Patrick’s Day themed conversation questions to use for conversation skills, creative writing, group discussions, and more!
Behavior Social Story – A social story mini-book on how to handle frustration in color and black & white. A great way to discuss feelings and appropriate ways to express them!
Barrier Games – Barrier games are a great way to incorporate many skills: expressive skills (giving directions), receptive skills (following directions), social skills, basic concepts, vocabulary, categorization, sentence formation, and storytelling.
Farm Interactive Book – Farm themed interactive book targeting various speech and language goals.
Winter WH Questions – WH question cards! Use this free download to work on answering various WH questions, as conversation prompts, in social skills groups, and more.
Teen Community Social Skills – Use this thorough product designed to work on a variety of pragmatic skills within the community. These interactive activities will give your students control of the situations and questions presented. 80 social situations are included, plus options to include custom-made ones depending on your student’s needs.
Speech-Language Development Handouts – Speech therapy development charts, milestones, and hierarchies! Evidence-based infographics with definitions and explanations.
Teen Traveling Themed Social Skills – Use this thorough product designed to work on a variety of pragmatic skills. These interactive activities will give your students control of the situations and questions presented. 80 social situations are included, plus options to include custom-made ones depending on your student’s needs.
School Themed Social Skills – School themed social skills for elementary kids. Work on a variety of pragmatics in social skills groups or one-on-one. These interactive activities will give your students control of the situations and questions presented. Includes 72 social situations, plus options to include custom-made ones depending on your student’s needs.
Emotions Concepts – Work on social-emotional concepts with these printable, multilevel worksheets! Perfect for introducing feelings in repetitive, consistent activities that keep kids engaged.
Identifying and Expressing Emotions – Help students express & recognize theirs as well as others feelings. The heart emotions are a great theme for Valentine’s Day or use year-round.
No Print Emotions – NO PRINT, INTERACTIVE PDF. Identify and express emotions in various expressive and receptive activities!
Expected and Unexpected Behaviors – Use the scenes and cards to identify and discuss appropriate versus inappropriate behaviors – Why they are good and bad choices and how they affect others.
Thought Bubble Inferences – Practice social skills: making inferences, identifying emotions, empathy, what you should think versus say, and conversational skills! Use it with or without the supports.
Teen Thought Bubbles Inferences – Practice social language: making inferences, identifying emotions, empathy, what you should think versus say, and conversational skills! Pictures are appropriate for older students – upper elementary, middle, and high school.
Carnival Themed Social Skills – Teach identifying emotions, perspective taking, asking questions, and more using these 36 social scenarios.
Dentist and Doctor Social Stories – Use these interactive books as social stories in preparation for going to the dentist and doctor’s offices!
Stores Themed Language and Social Skills Book – Target community pragmatic skills, as well as expressive & receptive language goals with this Stores Interactive Book!