Social Communication Skills

In keeping with this Spotlight’s theme of communications, important and effective programs that promote the development of healthy social communication skills are essential.  For some students, communication strategies need to be explicitly taught and practiced.

At the elementary level, students use the Second Step curriculum to learn self-regulation and social emotional skills, giving language to identify and interpret feelings, build friendships, manage negative emotions, solve problems, and ask for assistance.

For students who require more practice with social communication, the District offers special education learning center classes that help students develop skills for communicating in a number of settings.  Our lead teachers partner with speech and language therapists and school psychologists to co-design the social communication curriculum.  These classes help students who require explicit instruction with the “how” of communicating, including initiating interactions, responding to the initiations of others, maintaining eye contact, sharing enjoyment, reading non-verbal cues of others, and taking other perspectives.

To learn more about how the District supports the development of healthy social communication skills for those students who need this kind of support, please email Director of Special Education Julie Valdez at

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