School Social Skills Curriculum For Secondary Students

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Boost Social Skills For Secondary Students With Disabilities

Social skills are critical to students’ well-being. These skills help optimize classroom learning and school safety for students with disabilities, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The TeachTown Social Skills curriculum for secondary school students provides a solution that helps bring focus on building positive relationships with peers and adults. Integrated throughout each volume of TeachTown Social Skills are themes that help students build confidence, make good decisions, and become successful students — all of which contribute to creating a safe and secure school environment.

Building Relationships

  • Joining a Group
  • Respecting Each Other’s Differences
  • Respecting Personal Boundaries
  • Saying ‘No’ to Friends
  • Handling Rejection
  • Listening to Friends

Communication Skills

  • How to Initiate a Conversation
  • How to Leave a Conversation
  • How to Greet Others
  • Taking Turns in Conversations
  • Following Instructions


  • How to Ask for Help
  • How to Resolve Conflict
  • Working Together to Solve a Problem
  • Respectfully Disagreeing with Others
  • How to Compromise
  • Forgiving Others

Interpersonal Skills

  • How to Stay Calm in Stressful Situations
  • How to Express and Respond to Anger
  • Handling Frustration
  • Expressing When You’re Upset
  • Accepting and Responding to Criticism
  • Making Mistakes

Personal Care

  • Body Odor
  • Taking Care of Your Teeth
  • Keeping a Clean Appearance
  • Bathroom Behavior
  • Touching Your Private Parts
  • Harmful Substances

Safety and Community Participation

  • Social Media Management and Cyber Etiquette
  • Communicating via Text or Email
  • Releasing Personal Information
  • What to do If You’re Lost
  • What to Do in an Emergency Situation
  • Following Signs and Community Rules

Social Skills Screener

This is an assessment that students can work on independently, prior to engaging in the social skills curriculum for secondary school students. Students view a short video clip and are then asked to answer inferential questions to assess their understanding of the target social skills. The data from the screener helps teachers identify the domains and specific skills within the curriculum to target for intervention.

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are designed to be implemented daily and sequentially. However, the implementation can also be flexible to meet the diverse needs of classrooms and learners.

Interactive Activities

  • Each target social skill includes one Interactive Activity. This is an activity that students can work on independently to improve their comprehension of the Secondary TeachTown Social Skills curriculum episodes and their ability to make inferences about social situations. The Interactive activities are designed to supplement the teacher-driven lesson plans and can be assigned as individual in-class activities or as homework.
  • The students will watch clips of the animated episode and will answer 5 multiple-choice questions (interspersed between clips) about the target skill. Each response option is paired with a picture for visual support.
  • The questions and response options are read aloud, so students who are not fluent readers are also able to access this activity.
  • Data is collected on correct responses out of a possible 5 and reported. This allows teachers to use this activity for progress monitoring when developing IEP goals, writing progress reports, and planning additional instruction.