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Boys Town Social Skills

Following Instructions

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Say “okay”.

3)      Do what you’ve been asked to do right away.

4)      Check back.

 

Giving criticism

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Stay calm.  Use a pleasant voice.

3)      Say something positive or "I  understand”.

4)      Describe exactly what you are criticizing.

5)      Tell why this is a problem.

6)      Listen to the person.  Be polite.

 

Volunteering

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a pleasant, enthusiastic voice.

3)      Ask if you can help. Describe the activity/task.

4)      Thank the person.

5)      Check back when you have finished.

 

Resisting Peer Pressure

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a calm voice.

3)      Say clearly that you do not want to participate.

4)      Suggest something else to do.

5)      If necessary, continue to say “No”.

6)      Leave the situation.


Getting the Teacher’s Attention

1)      Look at the teacher.

2)      Raise you hand.  Stay calm.

3)      Wait until the teacher says your name.

4)      Ask you question.

 

Giving Compliments

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Smile.

3)      Speak clearly and enthusiastically.

4)      Tell the person exactly what you like.

 

Accepting “No” for an Answer

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Say okay.

3)      Stay calm.

4)      If you disagree, ask later.

 

Making a Request

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a clear, pleasant voice.

3)      Explain exactly what you are asking for, say please.

4)      If the answer is “yes” say, “Thank-you”.

5)      If not, remember to accept “no” for an answer.

 

Accepting Criticism or a Consequence

1)      Look at the person

2)      Say, “okay”.

3)      Don’t argue.

 

Disagreeing

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a pleasant voice.

3)      Say I understand how you feel.

4)      Tell why you feel differently.

5)      Give a reason.

6)      Listen to the other person.

 

Accepting Compliments

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a pleasant voice.

3)      Say “Thank-you”

4)      Don’t look away, mumble, or deny the compliment.

 

Greeting Others

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a pleasant voice.

3)      Say “hi” or “hello”.

 

Talking with Others

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a pleasant voice.

3)      Ask questions.

4)      Don’t interrupt.

 

Making an Apology

1)      Look at the person.

2)      Use a serious, sincere voice.

3)      Say I’m sorry for… or, I want to apologize for…

4)      Don’t make excuses.

5)      Explain how you plan to do better in the future.

6)      Say “Thank-you for listening”.


Reporting other Youths Behavior

1)      Look at the teacher or adult.

2)      Use a calm voice.  Ask to talk to him or her privately.

3)      Describe the inappropriate behavior you are reporting.

4)      Explain why you are making the report.

5)      Answer any questions the adult has.

6)      Thank the adult for listening.

 

Introducing yourself

1)      Look at the person and smile.

2)      Use a pleasant voice.

3)      Offer a greeting.  Say hi, my name is….

4)      Shake the person’s hand.

5)      When you leave, say, “It was nice to meet you."

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