Social Skills

“Developing and practicing appropriate social behavior is integrated into every interaction our students have at Saint Catherine Academy.”
– Brian Farrell, Director of Education

“Social skills and emotional well-being impact all realms of Life.  The ability to remain calm, focused and work with others is an important skill that will help our students in every aspect of their futures.  Through education and reflection, students can learn about themselves, others and better meet their personal, academic and professional goals.”
– Eileen Donnelly-Phillips, LCSW, School Social Worker.


Social Skills are the combination of the ability to understand and manage your own emotions coupled with the ability to understand and respond to other people. Social Skills are important to communicating and interacting with others and are critical for long term relationships. Students with developmental delays often need help in developing these skills that are more easily acquired by age level peers through family and school relationships.  Direct teaching and guided practice along with school wide consistency help with the development of these skills. Modeling appropriate behavior in different social situations, use of video to provide individual feedback, social stories and role playing are methods employed to develop and practice desired skills.

Topics include:

  • Sharing
  • Attending to others
  • Participating in group activities
  • Introductions and appropriate greetings depending on relationships
  • Waiting and taking turns
  • Recognizing and responding to emotions
  • Managing frustration
  • Personal boundaries
  • Understanding non verbal communication
  • Decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Behavioral control

Emphasis is placed on assessment of individuals followed by goals to improve individual achievement levels. Students in the Transition program focus on the transfer of social skills from school to community and work settings.