International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

Volume 13, No. 3. Special Issue: Social Skills Development and Strategies for Success

Dear IEEJE Readers, For some individuals, the ability to interact with others in a way that is effective, meaningful, and purposeful is as natural as walking, talking, or breathing. Indeed, those individuals to whom social skills comes naturally, may remain totally unaware that possessing those basic interactive skills may provide a significant advantage in life over those individuals to whom social skills does not come naturally. Social skills deficits may impede behavior, academic performance, relationships, mental health, safety, daily functioning, and adult life outcomes. Therefore, teaching social skills to individuals who struggle in acquiring such skills seems like it would be an apparent educational priority. Unfortunately, however, some educational systems have been slow to recognize the importance of social skills and the development of social competence...

Published: March 9, 2021