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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Social Skills (Day 1): Assessing and developing social skills

The importance of being socially skilled cannot be over-estimated. We all need these skills to communicate effectively to listen to others, to express ourselves, to be taken seriously and to make friends. We know that social competence contributes to quality of life and has been repeatedly demonstrated to be a critical variable in predicting success in future life. However, not all children develop social competence naturally. Some people struggle with their social skills and require intervention.

Dates:28 Nov 2022 (Mon)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Alex Kelly

Alex is a speech and language therapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with people with social skills difficulties. She is the author of the best-selling TALKABOUT resources and has just had her 13th book published: ‘Social Skills: developing effective interpersonal communication’. She lectures internationally, and this will be her 3rd visit to Singapore. She runs her own business in the UK offering training and consultancy in social skills, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy in over 40 schools, and a day service for adults with autism.

Course Outline

This training will introduce you to social skills and what can be done about social skills difficulties. It is a practical and interactive course and so you will not only come away with the theory on how to work with people in the most effective way, but you will also have the confidence to start working with them immediately. There is a mixture of lecturing, videos and practical exercises to keep you engaged, interested and amused. This is Day 1 of a 2-day course, but participants have the option to just attend Day 1. Areas cover include:

  1. Assessing social skills… Where do I start?
  2. Teaching social skills… How do I teach it and which approach will work best?
  3. Measuring effectiveness… How can I set targets and measure progress?
Course Objectives

In Day 1, participants will learn how to:

  1. Define social skills and social competence and describe why social incompetence can occur.
  2. Assess social skills and plan where to start.
  3. Define social skills in the context of the hierarchical model of intervention.
  4. Set targets and measure the effectiveness of intervention.
  5. Plan the appropriate intervention using the 4-step approach: behaviour, environment, motivation and strategy.
Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for anyone working with children or adults who struggle with their social skills and who want to promote social interaction and social development. It will be of interest to teachers / educators, teaching assistants / aids, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists.

  • ‘Alex is a vibrant, energetic presenter who had me enthralled. She is incredibly generous with her ideas and suggestions. One of the best workshops I have ever attended – and I go to lots! Thanks!’ - Clinical Psychologist, Sydney, 2016
  • ‘All in all, Alex, what a wonderful world for kids it would be if your social skills programme were in all schools across the continents’ - Parent, Melbourne, 2016
  • ‘It is eye-opening to break down social skills, something so subjective, into objective measures’ - SLT, Penang, 2018
  • ‘So excited to have a tool to monitor & track progress of social skills.’ - Emma G, Singapore, 2019.
  • ‘I have really enjoyed the course; so well-delivered and by such an inspiring speaker! Materials and theories make clear sense and I’m excited to share these with my team & start work with the children. Thank you so much.’ - Emma G, Singapore, 2019.
  • ‘I didn’t struggle to stay focused once. And that’s a first.’ - Cher, Singapore, 2019
  • ‘Continue sharing the information, it would surely help more out there! Thank you, Alex!’ - Anna S., Singapore, 2019
  • ‘Fun & interactive. Informative & practical.’ - Looi W. L., Singapore, 2019
  • ‘The theory book and the Talkabout for children: developing self-awareness and self-esteem are great resources for us to teach social skills to the kids in the Philippines. Also, the activities and exercises included in the book are really great and creative ways to teach them in social skills. I’m very excited to share what I’ve learned here in the seminar to my colleagues back in the Philippines.’ - Patricia N, Singapore, 2019.
  • ‘Please come back again!’ – Y. Chong, Singapore, 2019
  • ‘I loved the balance between the “sit down” teaching/learning and the activities that really helped to bring the content to life.’ - Alexander T., Singapore, 2019
  • ‘What a very fruitful & meaningful training!’ - Anna P., Singapore, 2019
  • ‘Love the way how the speaker conducts the workshop. She is so knowledgeable and fun.’ - Eunice, Singapore, 2019
  • ‘Excellent, fun course! Really learned a lot! Thank you! Very excited to implement what I’ve learned.’ - Yvonne M. Singapore, 2019
  • ‘Alex is a very passionate speaker. She is very knowledgeable and experienced, and I enjoyed this 2-day course a lot. Thank you, Alex.’ - Lim H. T., Singapore, 2019
  • ‘The session is engaging throughout. The speaker is knowledgeable and enthusiastic in her sharing. Many activities introduced can be easily applied within the group settings to start the day. It is a fun course!’ - Bogguss W., Singapore, 2019
Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax/seminar
15 Oct 2022 550
Normal Till Full 600