Teaching Social Skills

Feelings of alienation, social withdrawal, and plummeting self-esteem can result from the simple lack of basic social skills. Students with special needs deserve as many breaks that they can get. The simple act of introducing these students to the concepts of common courtesy and good manners does more than just make them more pleasant to be around–it gives them the opportunity to make friends, develop a healthy social network, and enjoy a more rewarding life.

Stanfield’s Living With Others library helps your students understand how showing consideration for others can improve their own lives. Program 2 in this three-volume series is entitled “Being With People.” “Being With People” contains eight videotapes that teach students over 100 essential people skills.

The “Being With People” program includes strategies for proper behaviors when meeting people, sharing duties, assigning chores, sharing space, respecting privacy, showing appreciation and apologizing. Guidance is provided on establishing loyalty and trust, being a team player, caring for common areas, and sharing expenses. Comedic illustrations demonstrate the different responses to complaining versus agreeing, and demanding versus compromising.

The concept of social distance is introduced, as are the appropriate levels of intimacy for friends versus acquaintances. An overview of public manners versus private manners is provided. Finally, simple social graces are highlighted, including how to ask for a date, accept an invitation, or tactfully refuse.

If you’d like to receive a catalog or speak to one of our highly trained staff, call 1-800-421-6534 or email

For more information on the Being With People program, click here.

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The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.

Dr. James Stanfield, Ed.D.

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My students were glued to the screen. Love Stanfield’s humor. This is the way to teach social skills.

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Using Humor to Teach Social Skills

Humor = Retention

We believe you learn best when you laugh. By making the classroom experience more comfortable and enjoyable, humor can make teaching and learning more effective, especially for the K12 segment. At Stanfield, we use humor as an integral part of our curricula.

If you as a speaker don’t help your audience to remember your lessons, then you’re wasting everyone’s time. Humor… can help accomplish that needed retention…

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