Social Skills for Teens

Our family understands some of the difficulties that can come with teaching social skills. We are working everyday to help teach my brother specific social skills. We have tried different ways to help him learn these skills. We have used modeling behaviors, talking through different situations, social stories, social situation cards, and videos to show the different social skills.

We have created a list of 50+ social skills that we feel are valuable for teens to learn as they start their transition into adulthood. We hope you can find this list helpful!

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50+ Social Skills for Teens

  1. how to talk with peers
  2. asking for help
  3. accepting criticism
  4. how to stay safe in new situations
  5. understanding sarcasm
  6. how to tell someone no
  7. stranger safety
  8. resisting peer pressure
  9. problem solving skills
  10. understanding how my actions affect others
  11. understanding my own feelings
  12. being able to understand feelings of peers
  13. following directions
  14. how to handle conflict with others
  15. how to work as a group/team
  16. how to listen to someone speaking
  17. understanding nonverbal body language
  18. understanding safety with social media/technology
  19. safety with sex
  20. safety with dating
  21. how to talk about your own interests with peers
  22. when it is appropriate to laugh/cry
  23. when it is good to smile
  24. how to show respect to others
  25. good manners
  26. how to show interest in what another person is talking about
  27. how you would act around a “boss or authority figure”
  28. how to talk with friends
  29. how to act when we get mad
  30. how to walk away from situations
  31. how to act in a public area vs private area
  32. how to act at a party
  33. how to talk about your own strengths/weaknesses
  34. how to ask for directions
  35. how to call 911 if you are in danger
  36. how to talk with or ask questions with doctors (medical appointments)
  37. how to make a phone call to schedule something
  38. how to talk on the phone
  39. what your own body language looks like when talking with someone
  40. how to go to the grocery store to purchase groceries
  41. what to do when you are in danger
  42. what to do if there was an active shooter (I wish I didn’t even have to think about this situation)
  43. what to do if you don’t feel well (sick)
  44. how to have a conversation with someone you don’t know
  45. how to speak up in a group
  46. how to appropriately text someone on the phone
  47. how to appropriately post information on social media
  48. how to travel safely
  49. accepting differences
  50. how to stay on topic
  51. showing empathy
  52. how to get along with people you may not like
  53. waiting in a line
  54. patience


Are there any social skills you would like us to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Here is a FREE printable with the social skills listed above for you to have as your own reference!

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How can we help our loved ones learn social skills?

There are various ways we can help our loved one learn social skills. We all learn in different ways. We need to remember to have patience and kindness when working on these skills. Some social skills come easy to some and not for others. Be respectful and kind when working on these skills. Here are a list of ideas on ways you can work on social skills.

  • Model appropriate social behavior
  • Practice the social skills with adults and peers
  • Talk through different situations
  • Create social stories or social scripts for the situations
  • Become involved in social groups
  • Become involved in acting groups
  • Become involved in team building groups or high interest activities with peers
  • Participate in sports activities
  • Watch videos, showing how to work on the social skills

What are some ways you have been able to work on social skills?

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