Now in a revised second edition, this book offers practical guidance for setting up and running social skills sessions. Based on well-established therapeutic principles, this is a flexible, easy-to-use resource suitable for practitioners and professionals working in a range of settings. An overview of social communication theory and the principles of groupwork forms a solid foundation for the session and activity guidance, structured so that the sessions progress from basic skills such as ‘Eye Contact’ and ‘Empathy’ to more complex skills such as ‘Problem Solving’ and ‘Making Friends’.

Features of the book include:

• Practical and theoretical information for session facilitators

• Over 70 versatile, easy-to-follow activity suggestions designed to suit all ages and levels of social ability

• An attractive visual layout that includes colour coded sections, tables and illustrations

• Brand new activities focused on ‘Dealing with Conflict’ and social communication ‘In the Workplace’.

With ever increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with some form of social difficulty, this book will be an essential resource for anybody working within health and social care, education and the community looking to teach and develop social confidence and communication skills.

section Section 1|7 pages

What is social communication?

section Section 2|14 pages

Guidelines for setting up and running sessions

section Section 3|85 pages

Basic social communication

section Section 4|64 pages

Complex social communication

chapter |2 pages

Session template