This is a Social Communication Program developed by Spectraspeech which will be a great help for children of all age groups, as well as for adults. As social communication is a vast element which requires a clear understanding of the concerned individual. This program is presented in a sequential manner only, so you can find further information in the phases. It may take time to learn the roadmap. However, a child or an adult can easily absorb the information and training by learning it gradually. So that they are ready to use the steps in their spontaneous speech.
Social communication means the way you are interacting with the people in your society. There are distinct ways which you can learn gradually.
What is Social communication?
- Social communication is a skill to communicate with a single partner or in a group.
- Everyone is born with differences in their ability to learn this skill, just as they learn all other life skills.
- We have observed these differences in our students, who sometimes struggle with mastering this advanced skill.
Over the years, after intensively practicing with pupils and younger individuals as well as researching the ideas, the activities leveled by Lawrence E. Shiparo have helped our students a lot in learning social communication.
There are 8 levels of this social communication program given in the boxes below:
Level 1- Communication
How is it possible to teach social communication or effective communication?
For starters, it is absolutely possible for anyone to learn social communication. A child can learn through methods appropriate to their level, and an adult can grasp concepts appropriate to their age group. In Level 1, we will be learning activities and ideas for beginners.
This level helps children understand and express how unique they are and how they can express their interests, values, and problems. They will get a chance to learn to introduce themselves, which will result in enhancing their communication skills and boosting their confidence.
Activities to improve Communication
Here are some tried-and-tested activities that we can do with children of any age group. These activities can be done with a small group of 2-4 children, as well as with a larger group. These activities will lead to improved social awareness and Social communication skills.
- Introduction of self: Teaching them the right way to introduce themselves.
- To allow all pupils or young people to get to know each other and share their choices and preferences.
- To recognize personal values and why they are important to an individual; where everyone has had a turn, tell the group about the values in their life.
- Making friends: How to make friends: To teach children the names of others in the group.
- Making friends: How to remember the names of other children in the group
- Making friends: To allow group members to recognize the basis for relationships and get to know each other.
- Something common between two partners: To learn as much as possible about one person at a time.
- Giving compliments to your friend.
- Accepting a compliment
Social Communication program
1. Introduction of self: Teaching them the right way to introduce themselves.
Introducing self is the first part of socialization in real life incidences. Here each group member should get a chance to simply tell their name, and class (school children or college adults). They may stand up and introduce themselves, while saying “Hi, I am…..”
2. Get to know each other by sharing their choices and interests
In this activity, the facilitator should write the names of categories such as favorite food, activity, color, places, sports, hobbies, music, and fun things to do, etc. Group members will express their choices one by one. In this way, pupils in the group will get to know each other better.
3.To recognize personal values and why they are important to an individual; where everyone has had a turn, tell the group about the values in their life.
First, it is necessary to understand what our values are. Values are personal beliefs or feelings that something is important and worthwhile. The facilitator should provide ample examples of values and interact with all members of the group. Then, they should provide the group with a worksheet to think more and write.
Bibliography- 101 ways to develop social skills by Shiparo