Social Skills Feedback Protocol for Teachers

Charles Emmrys PhD


Thinking Behind This Short Program

The sooner after an inappropriate social behavior a person is corrected, the more effective the correction will be. This is particularly true of adolescents who are in a steep social skills learning curve due to their rapidly increasing self-awareness. Teachers are often the best placed to offer quick adult feedback on social behavior. This technique allows teachers to provide this feedback in a timely and effective manner.


The Steps

  • Contracting – sit with the student one on one to let them know that you would like to provide them with feedback that can help them have more friends. Inform them that this will be done in a confidential manner and is meant to correct and encourage so a good behavior will be congratulated and a suggestion for improvement will be offered.
  • Two to three times a week just before a recess or a lunch period, pull the student aside and say – this is what I saw that I really liked (and then describe the social interaction success) but this is what I saw that I think we could improve upon (and describe the behavior and the recommended better behavior).
  • Once a week, check up with the student to give him/her lots of encouragement and positives for whatever work was accomplished. You can also communicate successes to parents if the child agrees.


Who Is This For

This short program works well with children from 8 to 14 years of age. It is particularly effective with shy children, children with autism, or children with ADHD or Tourette’s syndrome.


How Long Should the Program be in Place

We recommend that the program be instituted for a semester at a time. It is a good idea to only apply the program every second semester to help avoid program fatigue.

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