For grades 1-3, one of the most common issues addressed in school social work is the development of social skills. I typically use one of several research-based approaches, and use a foundation of Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child by Ellen McGinnis, along with Social Thinking materials by Michelle Garcia Winner. I supplement these research-based curriculums with other useful curriculums, along with many role-plays, games, visual aids, and technology.
A huge part of developing social skills involves developing empathy, or the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. I strongly encourage all parents to regularly develop and practice empathy skills at home with your children. Ask them to think about how other people would feel in any variety of contexts: ask them about characters in books, characters in movies, present them with social scenarios, or use any social situation that occurs. Having your child repeatedly practice thinking about how others feel will help them develop both empathy and social skills.
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