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How to Improve Your Social Skills: Social Skills Games

What are social skills? Definition of Social Skills

Social skills are a set of behavioral strategies and the abilities to implement those behaviors in order to help solve social situations effectively, that is, in an acceptable manner for both the individual and the social context.

They enable individuals to express feelings, attitudes, desires, opinions or rights in an adequate way to the situation, while respecting other people’s behavior. Thus, they improve our interpersonal relationships, make us feel good, help us accomplish what we want without others preventing the achievement of our goals.

These behaviors are necessary to interact and socialize with others in an effective and mutually satisfactory manner.

List of social skills to teach: What types are there?

Regarding the types of social skills, we can speak of basic and complex social skills.

Basic social skills

  • Listening
  • Initiating conversations
  • Asking questions
  • Saying thank you
  • Introducing yourself
  • Introducing others
  • Giving a compliment

Complex social skills

  • Empathy. The ability to put oneself in the place of another person.
  • Emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action (Salovey& Mayer, 1990).
  • Assertiveness. The ability to state what one wants in a clear, direct, and honest manner without hurting anyone’s feelings or underestimating anyone’s worth, only defending one’s personal rights.
  • Listening skills. The ability to listen carefully, attentively, and understanding what the other person wants to say and then communicating that the message has been received.
  • Capacity to communicate feelings and emotions. The ability to express one’spositive or negative feelings in an appropriate manner to others.
  • Capacity to define a problem and evaluate solutions. The social ability to analyze a given situation by taking into account all the objective elements, as well as the feelings and needs of every individual involved.
  • Negotiation. The communication ability directed towards finding a solution that is satisfactory to all parties.
  • Emotional regulation. The ability to adjust the expression of emotion to the environment.
  • Capacity to apologize. The ability to be aware of mistakes made and to acknowledge them.
  • Recognition and defense of individual rights and the rights of others. The ability to be aware of our rights and those of others and defend them appropriately.

Are social skills important? Why are social skills necessary?

They are a set of behaviors that allow us to socialize with others in a satisfactory manner, so they are essential in any environment (with family, at work, in the street, etc.).

Adequate execution of these skills is beneficial for learning how to express oneself and to understand others, to take into account everyone’s needs and interests, to try and find the most satisfactory solution for everyone when facing a problem, or to be supportive. All these behaviors are essential for living in society.

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How to teach social skills? How to improve social skills?

Looking for social skills games for adults or for kids? Next, we introduce games for teaching social skills:

Games for social skills

1. Emotion recognition

Games for social skills

“Emotion recognition” is an ideal exercise for improving your social skills if that is your goal. This activity involves recognizing emotion from the depicted facial expressions and matching them to their definition. In this example, the person must choose whether the young man is feeling hate or joy.

This exercise enhances social cognition, vocabulary, and reasoning.

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2. Inferring Facial Expressions

“Inferring facial expressions” is a very useful activity if you aim to improve socal skills in kids and adults. In this example, the person must choose, among several options, the expression that best matches the hidden face shown in the picture. The following is a basic-level example:

Games for social skills:

This exercise focuses on social cognition and reasoning.

3. Emotional reaction to situations

If you aim to improve social skills in adults, teenagers and kids, the activity “Emotional reaction to situations” is ideal for training them to match the depicted emotional responses with the appropriate situation.

The following is a basic-level example:

Look closely at the face of the person on the left. When would it be logical to display that emotion?

Games for social skills

Let’s try a more difficult example:

Games for social skills

Not that easy anymore, don’t you think?

These exercises for improving social skills in children and adults target social cognition and reasoning.

4. Internal States

This exercise involves describing the internal emotional states of the individuals shown in the images by creating social stories or scripts.

Games for social skills

This social skills worksheet targets social cognition, expression, flexibility, and reasoning.

If you would like to try this or other socal skills games, just request your NeuronUP free demo by clicking here:




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19 thoughts on “How to Improve Your Social Skills: Social Skills Games

  1. Derek Dewitt Friday July 14th, 2017 at 02:18 PM

    Thanks for the helpful article on social skill games for kids. I really like the “Emotional reaction to situations” because I think it’s important to teach kids about situations and how to act during them. Using real-world examples can give them a head start on dealing with real issues in the future. I’ll have to try some of these out.

  2. Pablo Clavijo Wednesday August 30th, 2017 at 01:54 PM

    Excelente pude mandarme mayor información, Gracias

    • NeuronUP Wednesday August 30th, 2017 at 02:21 PM

      ¡Muchas gracias Pablo! Nos ponemos en contacto contigo a través del correo electrónico para darte más información.

  3. Pedro Luis Hoyos Monday October 23rd, 2017 at 03:40 AM

    Me gusto mucho su artículo, me gustaría una referencia bibliográfica que hable de los tipos de habilidades sociales.

  4. Fernando Olmos Thursday May 24th, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Muy útil el artículo. ¿Cómo puedo conseguir más actividades cómo las que ponéis de ejemplo?

    • NeuronUP Monday September 24th, 2018 at 04:48 PM

      Hola Fernando,
      Estas actividades son algunas de las miles que puedes encontrar en NeuronUP, nuestra plataforma de estimulación cognitiva para profesionales. Si quieres conocer los diferentes planes, puedes hacerlo en este enlace:
      ¡Gracias por tu interés!

  5. Ines.M Monday June 25th, 2018 at 02:20 PM

    Me ha parecido muy interesante, es distinto a otros artículos de la mayoría de páginas. Es posible tener estos ejercicios en PDF porque así no necesito conexion de internet.

    • NeuronUP Friday June 29th, 2018 at 01:24 PM

      Hola Inés,

      ¡Nos alegra que te haya resultado interesante! Los ejercicios pertenecen a la plataforma profesional NeuronUP donde puedes encontrar actividades para niños y adultos tanto en papel como digitales. Aquí te dejo el enlace por si quieres pedir una demo donde podrás ver las actividades digitales:
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  6. mirna navas Monday July 2nd, 2018 at 11:54 PM

    muy buena la publicacion

  7. A. Del Río Thursday August 2nd, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Muy interesante estos ejercicios.
    ¿Solicitando la demo del programa puedo acceder a ellos?

    • NeuronUP Monday September 24th, 2018 at 04:08 PM

      Hola A.Del Río,
      Eso es. Si eres profesional, puedes solicitar la demo de NeuornUP en el siguiente enlace y probar los ejercicios con tu usuarios:

      ¡Gracias por tu interés en nuestra plataforma!

  8. Oswaldo Flores Monday September 24th, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Hay alguna manera de probar las actividades para trabajar las habilidades sociales que nombran en el artículo?
    Muchas gracias y un saludo!

    • NeuronUP Monday September 24th, 2018 at 04:12 PM

      Hola Oswaldo,

      Los ejercicios que contiene el artículo son algunos de los ejemplos de los miles de ejercicios que puedes encontrar en NeuronUP, nuestra plataforma de neurorrehabilitación. Si quieres probar los ejercicios con tus usuarios, puedes hacerlo solicitando una demo en el siguiente enlace:

      ¡Gracias por tu interés! No dudes en volver a preguntarnos si tienes otra duda,

      ¡Un saludo y buen día!

  9. susy Thursday October 11th, 2018 at 01:32 PM

    muy buena la aplicacion

    • NeuronUP Thursday October 11th, 2018 at 05:14 PM

      ¡Muchas gracias Susy. Nos alegra que te guste!

  10. Lavada Monday October 15th, 2018 at 01:01 AM

    I have read so many content concerning the blogger lovers however this
    aticle is genuinely a good piece of writing, keep it up.

    • NeuronUP Wednesday October 17th, 2018 at 01:47 PM

      Thanks you Lavada!!

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