Social skills groups, games and activities help children with social anxiety, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and emotional or behavioral challenges feel comfortable navigating social interactions and help develop socially appropriate behaviors across various environments.
The combination of explicit instruction, organic play and consistent opportunities enable children to practice critical everyday social skills in a smaller world.
Here is a social skills game I have used in social skills groups and with families. You can do this activity with your child(ren) at home and even with some friends (safely, of course!) :
Letters Game : Scattegories
Poster-board, whiteboard or paper (to create the chart like above)
Bag of letters (can be magnets, or written on torn pieces of paper)
Visuals of sports, food and animals (you can print pictures of a rabbit, soccer ball, banana, baseball, dog, cat, lettuce, etc.) or just write on small pieces of paper
Rules + How to Play
First pick a random letter from the bag
Then pick a visual that starts with the letter you chose (spread the visuals out so it is easier to choose)
Categorize that visual ("Is it a sport, food or animal?")
Place the visual and letter on the chart (with tape or magnets)
Take turns picking visuals, letters and categorizing them
Language to Use
I brought a fun game with different letters! Let me show you how to play!
You can ask me if you need help!
Use humor - If your child picks the letter R you can say, "Will you eat a rabbit? No!"
Interact with your child throughout the game
Tell your child(ren) to take turns (with you or each other)
Promote "using your words"
Gaining, using and building executive function skills, listening skills, eye contact, taking turns, fine motor skills, increasing self-esteem
With the help of social skills activities like this one your child can practice developing practical skills like:
Reading Social Cues
Stronger Conversational Skills
Increased Self-Esteem and Self Awareness
Compromising and Sharing
Dealing with anger, frustration and negative feelings
Identifying one's own emotions and the emotions of others
Want more social skills activities? Check out our blog for a fun building activity and color sorting game!
And stay tuned for even more social skills games, tips and activities!
Worried your child isn’t developing the social skills they need for everyday life? Want to help them overcome their emotional or behavioral challenges? I am here to help! Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing your story and working to transform you and your child’s life!