Functional Social Skills Sampler

This sampler includes 62 of the most common topics in the Functional Social Skills System. Included in the program are the topics of meeting/greeting people, taking responsibility, being polite and courteous, joining others in groups, apologizing/excusing self, following directions and handling criticism.


Meeting/Greeting people

  • You see a new person
  • Make eye contact
  • Move toward the person
  • Stand the correct distance apart
  • Look the person in the eyes
  • Greet the person
  • Speak clearly
  • Say “How are you today?”
  • Answer ” I am fine, thanks.”
  • Shake hands
  • Introduce yourself
  • Let others introduce themselves
  • Introduce others
  • Keep conversation going
  • End conversation
  • Leave

Take Responsibility

  • Know what you are to do
  • If unsure of what to do, ask questions
  • Do your work
  • Complete your work
  • If your work is not done – blame yourself – not others

Be Polite and Courteous

  • Look at others when listening or speaking
  • Stay the correct distance apart
  • Don’t interrupt others
  • Listen when spoken to
  • Use the correct tone of voice
  • Say ”please” and ”thank you”
  • Help others when needed
  • Show respect for others

Join Others in Groups

  • Decide if you want to join in
  • Decide on how to join in
  • Decide on the correct time to join in
  • Talk to others in the group
  • Ask if you can join in
  • Join in and do the activities

Apologize/Excuse Self

  • Be aware of a mistake
  • Think over what to say
  • Choose how to say it
  • Choose to whom to say it
  • Choose where to say it
  • Make the apology
  • Try not to do it again

Follow Directions

  • Look at the person
  • Listen carefully to the directions
  • Repeat the directions
  • Think about what to do
  • Ask questions
  • Follow the directions

Handle Criticism

  • Look at the person
  • Listen to the criticism
  • Don’t get angry
  • Learn to accept fair criticism
  • Ask questions
  • Ask for ways to improve
  • Decide to act on the criticism