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Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs, Grades 6-12
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A flexible, ready-to-use activities program to help special students in grades 6-12
The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of 200 ready-to-use worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides 20 complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense.
Darlene Mannix, MA (La Porte, IN), has 26 years of experience as a classroom teacher and is the bestselling author of numerous books for special educators, including Social Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-87628-868-9), Life Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-87628-547-3), Writing Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-7879-7884-6), and Character Building Activities for Kids (978-0-13-042585-0).
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Table of Contents

About This Book v About the Author v Preface xv Part One: Learning Basic Social Skills 1 Chapter 1 Skills to Make a Good Impression 3 Skill 1: Making a First Impression 6 Instructor Pages 6 Worksheet 1: What Is a Good Impression? 7 Worksheet 2: Your Appearance 8 Worksheet 3: Your Attitude 10 Worksheet 4: Getting Prepared 11 Worksheet 5: Asking Appropriate Questions 12 Skill 2: Thinking About My Behavior 14 Instructor Pages 14 Worksheet 6: Picked out of a Crowd 16 Worksheet 7: Ways to Blend In 18 Worksheet 8: Unusual Behaviors 19 Worksheet 9: Behaviors That You Can?t Help 20 Worksheet 10: Neutral Behavior 21 Skill 3: Getting Rid of Annoying Tendencies 22 Instructor Pages 22 Worksheet 11: Invading Personal Space 23 Worksheet 12: Interrupting 25 Worksheet 13: Repeating Yourself 27 Worksheet 14: Bodily Noises 28 Worksheet 15: Being Bossy 29 Skill 4: Having a Pleasant Voice and Breath 30 Instructor Pages 30 Worksheet 16: Voice Volume 32 Worksheet 17: Voice Tone 33 Worksheet 18: Using Appropriate Language 35 Worksheet 19: Just Answer the Question! 36 Worksheet 20: Bad Breath 38 Skill 5: Being a Good Listener 39 Instructor Pages 39 Worksheet 21: Identifying a Good Listener 41 Worksheet 22: How to Be a Good Listener 43 Worksheet 23: Important Listening Situations 45 Worksheet 24: What Problems Do You See? 46 Worksheet 25: Skit Revisited: Identifying the Listening Skills 48 Skill 6: Sharpening My Communication Skills 50 Instructor Pages 50 Worksheet 26: What Is Communication? 52 Worksheet 27: Communication Through Behavior 53 Worksheet 28: Communication Through Expressions 54 Worksheet 29: Messages 55 Worksheet 30: Practice Your Communication Skills 56 Skill 7: Sizing Up My Reputation 57 Instructor Pages 57 Worksheet 31: What Others Say About You 59 Worksheet 32: Developing a Reputation 60 Worksheet 33: Misjudging Others 62 Worksheet 34: What Kind of Reputation Do You Want? 64 Worksheet 35: Changing Your Reputation 65 Chapter 2 Skills for Self-Improvement 67 Skill 8: Having a Good Sense of Humor 71 Instructor Pages 71 Worksheet 36: Benefits of a Sense of Humor 72 Worksheet 37: Creating Humor Appropriately 73 Worksheet 38: Easing Tension with Humor 74 Worksheet 39: Laughing WITH, not Laughing AT 75 Worksheet 40: Using Humor to Include Others 77 Skill 9: Expressing Myself Appropriately 78 Instructor Pages 78 Worksheet 41: Expressing Myself with Words 80 Worksheet 42: Waiting Before Responding 82 Worksheet 43: Avoiding Getting Upset 84 Worksheet 44: Public vs. Private Conversations 85 Worksheet 45: Communicating via E-Mail 86 Skill 10: Viewing Things Realistically 88 Instructor Pages 88 Worksheet 46: Making Realistic Changes 90 Worksheet 47: Improbable or Impossible? 91 Worksheet 48: Making Changes for the Better: Habits and Friends 93 Worksheet 49: Making Changes for the Better: Attitudes and Actions 95 Worksheet 50: It Could Happen . . . 97 Skill 11: Standing Up for Myself 99 Instructor Pages 99 Worksheet 51: That?s Not Right! 101 Worksheet 52: What Do I Believe? 103 Worksheet 53: Why Do I Think That Way? 104 Worksheet 54: Beliefs and Behavior 105 Worksheet 55: What?s the Problem? 107 Skill 12: Making Good Decisions 108 Instructor Pages 108 Worksheet 56: Questions to Ask Yourself 110 Worksheet 57: A Decision-Making Chart 112 Worksheet 58: What Decision Need to Be Made? 113 Worksheet 59: When You Need More Information 115 Worksheet 60: Head vs. Heart Decisions 117 Skill 13: Controlling My Emotions 119 Instructor Pages 119 Worksheet 61: Why Should We Control Our Emotions? 120 Worksheet 62: First Reaction 122 Worksheet 63: What Triggers Your Emotions? 124 Worksheet 64: Controlling What You Show 126 Worksheet 65: Alternative Reactions 127 Skill 14: Making Good Friends 128 Instructor Pages 128 Worksheet 66: Is This a Good Friend? 130 Worksheet 67: Ways to Make Friends 131 Worksheet 68: Are You a Good Friend? 132 Worksheet 69: Friends Affect Us 133 Worksheet 70: Why We Want Friends 135 Skill 15: Using Common Sense 137 Instructor Pages 137 Worksheet 71: What?s Common About Common Sense? 139 Worksheet 72: Looking for Clues 140 Worksheet 73: Thinking Harder 141 Worksheet 74: Thinking Smarter 143 Worksheet 75: Using Your Common Sense 145 Skill 16: Having a Good Work Ethic 146 Instructor Pages 146 Worksheet 76: Understanding the Job 147 Worksheet 77: Staying on Task 148 Worksheet 78: Knowing When to Ask for Help 149 Worksheet 79: Making a Quick Decision 151 Worksheet 80: Job Completion 153 Chapter 3 Skills for Being Around Others 155 Skill 17: ?Reading? Other People 159 Instructor Pages 159 Worksheet 81: A New Kind of Reading 161 Worksheet 82: Facial Expressions 162 Worksheet 83: Tone of Voice 163 Worksheet 84: Body Language 164 Worksheet 85: Sincerity 165 Skill 18: Knowing Expectations 166 Instructor Pages 166 Worksheet 86: Knowing What to Expect: People 168 Worksheet 87: Knowing What to Expect: Situations 169 Worksheet 88: Knowing What Is Expected: Tasks 170 Worksheet 89: Knowing What to Expect: Past Experiences 171 Worksheet 90: Knowing What Is Expected: Commonsense Clues 172xxx Skill 19: Negotiating or Compromising 173 Instructor Pages 173 Worksheet 91: Negotiation as a Social Skill 175 Worksheet 92: Why You Can?t Always Have Your Own Way 177 Worksheet 93: Situations to Negotiate 178 Worksheet 94: Things That Aren?t Negotiable 179 Worksheet 95: Practice Negotiating 180 Skill 20: Understanding Another?s Point of View 181 Instructor Pages 181 Worksheet 96: Introduction to a Different Viewpoint 183 Worksheet 97: Identifying Different Points of View 184 Worksheet 98: What?s the Basis for This Point of View? 185 Worksheet 99: Changing Your Situation, Changing Your Opinion 186 Worksheet 100: What Are Your Opinions? 187 Skill 21: Being Flexible 188 Instructor Pages 188 Worksheet 101: Handling Changes 190 Worksheet 102: Changing Your Plans 191 Worksheet 103: Changing Your Mind 192 Worksheet 104: Being Open to New Things 195 Worksheet 105: Reflecting 197 Skill 22: Respecting Authority 198 Instructor Pages 198 Worksheet 106: Interacting with Your Supervisor 200 Worksheet 107: When Your Boss Is Wrong 202 Worksheet 108: Other Authority Figures 203 Worksheet 109: Other Types of Authority 205 Worksheet 110: What Would You Do? 207 Skill 23: Making Others Feel Comfortable 208 Instructor Pages 208 Worksheet 111: The Play 210 Worksheet 112: Embarrassing Moments for Others 211 Worksheet 113: Helping Others Through Stressful or Uncomfortable Situations 212 Worksheet 114: Ordinary Times to Be Outgoing 213 Worksheet 115: Things to Beware Of! 214 Skill 24: Working with Others 215 Instructor Pages 215 Worksheet 116: Sharing a Job 217 Worksheet 117: Working as a Team 219 Worksheet 118: Cooperating with Authority 220 Worksheet 119: Brainstorming 221 Worksheet 120: Carrying Out Your Responsibilities 222 Skill 25: Dealing with Strangers 223 Instructor Pages 223 Worksheet 121: Being Overly Friendly to Strangers 225 Worksheet 122: Strangers Who Ask Too Much 226 Worksheet 123: When You Want Something 227 Worksheet 124: Rude Behavior of Others 228 Worksheet 125: From Stranger to Friend 229 Skill 26: Reacting Appropriately to Peer Pressure 230 Instructor Pages 230 Worksheet 126: Feeling the Pressure 232 Worksheet 127: Everybody?s Doing It 233 Worksheet 128: Positive and Negative Peer Pressure 234 Worksheet 129: When There?s a Conflict 236 Worksheet 130: Resisting Negative Pressure 237 Skill 27: Revealing Yourself to Others 238 Instructor Pages 238 Worksheet 131: Mysterious or Just Plain Quiet? 240 Worksheet 132: Why Tell About Yourself? 241 Worksheet 133: Revealing Things to Be Polite 242 Worksheet 134: Revealing Things to Make Conversation 243 Worksheet 135: Take a Risk, Open Up 244 Part Two: Using Social Skills 245 Chapter 4 Using Social Skills at Home 247 Instructor Pages 247 Worksheet 136: Getting Along with Parents 251 Worksheet 137: Getting Along with Siblings 252 Worksheet 138: Balancing Responsibilities and Desires 253xxxxxxx Worksheet 139: Intrusions on Privacy 255 Worksheet 140: Handling a Divorce or Family Split 256 Worksheet 141: Living with Abusive or Dysfunctional Family Members 258 Worksheet 142: Spending Quality Time with My Family 259 Worksheet 143: Learning About My Family 261 Worksheet 144: Becoming Independent 262 Worksheet 145: Forgiving Others 263 Worksheet 146: I?m Embarrassed About My Family 265 Worksheet 147: Being Proud of My Family 267 Chapter 5 Using Social Skills at School 269 Instructor Pages 269 Worksheet 148: Getting Along with Teachers or Authority Figures 273 Worksheet 149: Managing a Social Life 275 Worksheet 150: Asking for Help 277 Worksheet 151: Failing Classes 278 Worksheet 152: Discipline Problems 279 Worksheet 153: Intimidation from Other Students 280 Worksheet 154: Developing a Bad Attitude Toward School 281 Worksheet 155: Getting Involved in Extracurricular Activities 283 Worksheet 156: Giving Extra Effort Toward Excellence 284 Worksheet 157: School Goals 285 Worksheet 158: Work-Study Options 286 Worksheet 159: School Safety 287 Chapter 6 Using Social Skills at Work 289 Instructor Pages 289 Worksheet 160: Getting Along with Your Supervisor 294 Worksheet 161: Getting Along with Coworkers 296 Worksheet 162: Understanding the Skills Required for the Job 297 Worksheet 163: Developing Good Work Habits 298 Worksheet 164: Following Instructions 299 Worksheet 165: Dealing with Complaining Customers 300 Worksheet 166: Being Resourceful 301 Worksheet 167: Taking Initiative for Promotion 302 Worksheet 168: Sick Days 304 Worksheet 169: Cell Phones at Work 306xxx Worksheet 170: What Not to Wear, Say, Do 308 Worksheet 171: Workplace Work Space 309 Chapter 7 Using Social Skills with Peers 311 Instructor Pages 311 Worksheet 172: Respecting Others as Individuals 316 Worksheet 173: Developing Healthy Relationships with the Opposite Sex 317 Worksheet 174: Taking Advantage of Social Opportunities 319 Worksheet 175: Deciding How Much Influence Others Will Have over You 320 Worksheet 176: Getting Involved with People with Problems 321 Worksheet 177: Feeling Outcast 323 Worksheet 178: When a Friend Is in Trouble 324 Worksheet 179: Choosing to Befriend Someone 325 Worksheet 180: Becoming a Good Conversationalist 326 Worksheet 181: Being a Peer Role Model 328 Worksheet 182: Misunderstandings 330 Worksheet 183: Taking and Giving 331 Chapter 8 Using Social Skills in the Community 333 Instructor Pages 333 Worksheet 184: Having Respect for the Property of Others 336 Worksheet 185: Demonstrating Good Manners Toward Others 337 Worksheet 186: Respecting Community Authority Figures 338 Worksheet 187: Being Aware of Local Issues 339 Worksheet 188: Supporting Efforts to Improve the Community 340 Worksheet 189: Dealing with Unhelpful People 342 Worksheet 190: Volunteering at Agencies 343 Worksheet 191: Your Local Newspaper 344 Worksheet 192: Helping Each Other 345 Worksheet 193: Promoting Your Community 346 Worksheet 194: Getting to Know People in Your Community 347 Worksheet 195: Participating in Community Events 348

About the Author

Darlene Mannix , M.A., has taught both general education and special education, and she has worked with students ranging from learning disabled and mentally challenged to language disordered and severely emotionally disturbed. Mannix is the best-selling author of numerous books for special educators including Social Skills Activities for Special Children and Life Skills Activities for Special Children .

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