October’s New Social Skills Video Lessons from Everyday Speech

By Brittany Lehane October 13, 2016

October’s Newest Videos Focus on Playground Skills

Cal and I at Everyday Speech spent a lot of time this summer thinking about new types of videos to film and add to your libraries. Something that’s really important to us is to always evolve and add more to your libraries. Some important categories we are adding this school year are:

Playground Social Skills

Self Esteem Skills

Hygiene Skills

In October, we bring to you new video lessons for skills on the playground. Stay posted during the next couple months as we roll out the new videos for the topics mentioned above.

Joining a Group Playing

Julie wants to join in the group playing tag

Julie wants to join in the group playing tag

In the first of our playground series we show how to join a group who is in the middle of a game. Our main character Julie sees a group playing and jumps in but she forgets to ask and ends up totally interrupting the game!

We teach that interrupting doesn’t make other people feel good because they may not be ready. Give the group an opportunity to fit you in the game rather than taking over or interrupting. This way everyone will have good thoughts!

Why It’s Fun To Play With Others

Learn the golden rules of playing with others

Learn the golden rules of playing with others

In this video we go over the why’s and how’s of friendship:

Why having friends is good for us and how do we actually make friends.

We teach that friends can make us feel better, give us confidence, and help us in lots of ways. To teach the how’s we use our golden rules:

Ask to play

Think About what have in common

Observe group with your eyes

Be flexible

The videos break down and give examples of every step as well as explains the importance behind them all.


Christine when she isn't participating in the game

Christine when she isn’t participating in the game

Our Participating video teaches what it means to be part of the group. It’s not enough to be near the group. To participate, you take part in the action. You make comments, ask questions, and follow the group’s actions. If everyone is playing a card game, you play too. If everyone is giving high fives you give some too.

We show Christine standing near the group but not she’s actively involved in game. This makes the others feel confused and upset. Eventually she learns how to participate with the group!

Being Fair

Julie learns an implicit rule of the playground and how to be fair to others

Julie learns an implicit rule of the playground and how to be fair to others

There are many rules in play that are implicit or known without being taught. These can include fairness, waiting your turn, and how to play with others. 

In our Being Fair video, Julie takes Andrew’s turn while he was waiting for the swing. She learns that this is not fair by seeing it from his side. Many of our new videos work on perspective taking so we’ve made a fun new logo to teach the concept:

New logo for perspective taking

New logo for perspective taking


Playground Conflict Resolution

Solving conflict on the playground

Solving conflict on the playground

In this last playground video, we teach the skills of conflict resolution. We focus on teaching cooperation, perspective taking, and working together. In our video Christine is not cooperating with Andrew and Chris. They are both seeing the situation from their side. If they worked together and cooperated, they could probably solve this problem without any hurt feelings. 

As usual we love to hear from you! We’re always creating new videos and activities so let us know what you’re looking for on TwitterPinterest, or Facebook! Check out our free videos on YouTube too!

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Cynde Vaughn says

Hi! I just wanted to share that your videos and worksheets are great! I have been a social skills educator for over 25 years (primarily working with adults having diverse intellectual, developmental and learning abilities). It looks like your educational materials begin at elementary age. What is your target age group for the older kids version? Cynde Vaughn

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