Play makes memories for our children, and they learn through play. 

These are the top six skills we target during social skills sessions.  

  1. Identifying and expressing emotions – “I feel ___ because ___”
  2. Following rules- card games, Uno, Go Fish
  3. Good listening skills -“Mother May I” and Simon Says
  4. Handling change (using a daily visual schedule, big/little problem, flexibility) incorporate small changes gradually
  5. Reading nonverbal communication – Charades, (acting out emotions)
  6. Theory of mind (thinking about others)

Happy, sad, angry or scared

Describe a time when……

Board games will always set up “mock” situations in which many social skills can be targeted. Your child will often experience a wide variety of emotions that can be discussed or redirected during play.

They will begin to follow rules, develop patience, and handle frustrations and disappointments during game play.

Some of the best games to target social skills:

  • Sorry
  • Operation
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Guess Who
  • Connect Four
  • Candy Land
  • Trouble
  • Fibber
  • Headbands
  • Mastermind
  • Clue
  • Life
  • Monopoly
  • Charades

Cooperative games such as:

  • Busytown
  • Hoot Owl Hoot
  • Race to the Treasure
  • The Fairy Game

You can also engage in pretend play (using character toys, stuffed animals, and real people) with your child to encourage cooperation and flexibility in play.  So have fun with your child, teach social skills, and play!