Many youth with disabilities have difficulty understanding social situations or navigating interpersonal events such as speaking in front of a class or doing job interviews. They may benefit from building and practicing social skills. These skills allow a person to interact appropriately with other people and handle difficult situations. It is important that youth have the opportunity to identify and practice these skills because they can significantly impact employment, relationships, and how well they are connected in the community as adults. Families, educators, and youth themselves can use the tools found in this handout to improve social skills, feel more comfortable interacting with peers and other people, and meet their social obligations. The following are explanations of seven tools parents can use to help their youth practice and improve social skills. (Author abstract)
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