Healthy Schools: social skills
Social skills are essential for children to learn how to interact and bond with each other. This page contains resources to help children and teens build their social skills.
- This 2-page resource contains 10 ways to improve social skills in children and teens who are faced with obstacles to socialisation that previous generations might not have experienced:
10 Ways to Support Social Skill Development in Children and Teens (PDF, 138KB)
- These evidenced-based activities and games can be used by educators and families, to support socialisation:
20 Evidence Based Activities to Develop Social Skills (PDF, 99KB)
For younger children
- This 2-minute video for students from Trailblazer examines the benefits of friendships on health and wellbeing:
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- This 2-page resource, also created by Trailblazer, focuses on Middley Skills and how to find the right balance for social interactions:
Middley Skills (PDF, 565KB)
For children and teens
- This Trailblazer resource contains tips for children and young people on relationships, including how to manage apologies:
DEAR GIVE FAST (PDF, 454KB)
- This 6-page resource focuses on 4 social and emotional skills you can easily practice with teens. These evidenced-based activities could help with enhancing communication skills and good interpersonal relations:
Social Skills to Practice with Teens (PDF, 231KB)
This Verywell Family resource (external link) lists the 7 most important social skills for children. It details some valuable advice on socialisation and why it's important for children to interact with their peers. Share the link with families.
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