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Social Skills Handbook

by Sue Hutchings, DipCOT, Jayne Comins, MRCSLT and Judy Offiler, MRCSLT

A range of useful and adaptable ideas and activities can be found in this practical guide which has been specifically designed for anyone involved in running social skills groups.

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This resource provides an abundance of useful and adaptable ideas and activities that can be implemented for anyone involved in running social skills groups.

  • Contains 90 excellent ideas for practical activities designed to facilitate social communication.
  • A range of skill levels, from basic groupwork tasks to more complex social and realistic activities offered.
Contents: What is Social Communication?; Guidelines for Setting up and Running Groups; Basic Social Communication and Complex Social Communication
  1. Mutual eye gaze - signals interest and a willingness to interct further (last approximately one second)
  2. Appropriate eye contact between two strangers follows this pattern:
    -Brief eye contact;
    -Look briefly away;
    -Eye contact again;
    -Establish either a positive response (can progress further, may initiate a conversation) or a negative response (uninterest, avoiding interaction).
  • Prolonged intense eye contact is charaterized by a staring, fixed gaze. it may be interpreted as being impolite and rude, particularly among stragers or acquaintances. USe of fixed eye contact if angry can be confrontative and aggressive.
    Reduced eye contact may appear as:
  • Excessive blinking or attempting to cover eyes with hands
  • Avoiding eye contact by averting gaze, looking down or away. it may be interpeted as being due to anxiety or shyness and reluctance to make contact and interact. It can be perceived as being insincere and having 'something to hide' (not being able to look someone in the face).
  • Good eye contact helps to guide the pace and co-ordination of a conversation. It produces useful handover cues, indicating 'turns' in a conversation. Looking away when you have finished talking (often done automatically) signials it is the others person'a turn to speak.

170 pages; 8 X 9;spiral bound


  • Forword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • SECTION 1: What is Social Communication?
    What do we need to communicate?
    Main Features of social communication
    Acquisition of social communication skills
    Theoretical perspectives
  • SECTION 2: Guidelines for Setting up and Running groups
    Why social communication groups?
    Stages of group development
  • SECTION 3: Basic Social Communication
    What are basic social communication skills?
    Eye contact
    Facial expressions
    Getting Started
    Developing a relationship
    Positive regard
    Summary of Target Behaviors
    Practical Activities
    Looking and listening
    Saying how you feel
    Conversation in Relationships
  • SECTION 4: Complex Social Communication
    What are complex social communication skills?
    Problem solving
    Telephone skills
    Job interviewing
    Being a team member
    Practical Activities
    Getting things done
    Dealing with work
    Managing problems
  • References
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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