Consider other people's perspectives and respond appropriately
Accurately interpret idioms and sarcasm
Identify and solve problems
The emphasis is on using real-life, higher-demand social language skills. You'll stimulate observation, dialogue, discussion, reasoning, flexible thinking, and perspective taking with questions and narratives.
Activities are based on research from The Social Language Development Test Adolescent and reflect a developmental progression of specific social language skills among 12- to 18-year-olds. The activities complement those in Social Language Training Adolescent with more demands on social language comprehension, expression, and reasoning.
Skill areas include:
Nonverbal Communication—identify and interpret facial expressions, gestures, posture, and proximity
Making Inferences—use context, body language, and other clues to make reasonable inferences about what is happening and why
Multiple Interpretations—think of more than one logical interpretation for a situation; develop flexibility in thinking
Multiple Perspectives—recognize that people in the same situation can think different thoughts and have different opinions
Solving Problems—identify social problems, think of solutions, and justify why some solutions are better than others; recognize the feelings of other people and think of solutions that preserve or create friendships
Interpreting Idioms & Sarcasm—recognize discrepancy between intended and expressed meanings and reflect on the speaker's beliefs and attitudes
Social Interaction—recognize appropriate and inappropriate reactions to people and know what to say and do
Interpersonal Negotiation—learn to compromise, problem solve, listen, negotiate, and seek mutually-pleasing resolutions to conflicts
Relating Personal Experience—express personal experiences and feelings and realize the value of considering other people's perspectives