Why is an SLP teaching “social skills?”

Most people seem confused why I am qualified to teach social communication.  Isn’t that mental health’s job?  Shouldn’t the social worker, counselor, or  psychologist teach that?  My first school district, in a kind effort to lessen our caseload, recommended we leave “social skills” to mental health.

I volunteered at a social cognition clinic in graduate school, and it’s what motivated me to finish my communication disorders master’s program.  Teaching kids to become better social communicators and thus form more deep friendships was something I was instantly passionate to do.  I did my graduate school externship at a different social communication clinic, and it further inspired me to dig into the language science behind “social skills” to make a big difference in students’ lives.

So, in case other speech-language pathologists feel the need to defend this area of their practice, I created this infographic.  Feel free to share with your peers or clients in person or via pinterest.  Keep on confidently teaching social communication, my friends!

(If you notice a key element I should add, email me or mention it in a comment below!)

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Danielle Nichols

A speech-language pathologist in Centennial, Colorado dedicated to helping kids and adolescents improve their social communication skills.

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