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The Social Skills Handbook

Jul 1997
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This is a practical photocopiable guide to setting up and running social skills groups.

The ideas presented will act as a stimulus to therapists and trainers working with clients who need to develop more effective social communication skills.

Based on well-established therapeutic principles, it contains:

  • An overview of pertinent theory and the principles of groupwork
  • A range of useful and adaptable ideas for practical activities designed to facilitate social communication skills
  • Starts with basic, confidence-building tasks and progresses to more complex assignments
  • All activities are easy to implement and clearly laid out with information on format, resources required and tips for group leaders.


180pp, illustrated, wire-o-bound


  • What is Social Communication?
  • Guidelines for Setting up and Running Groups
  • Basic Social Communication - Practical Activities:
  • Looking and Listening
  • Saying How You Feel
  • Conversation in Relationships
  • Complex Social Communication - Practical Activities:
  • Getting Things Done
  • Dealing with Work
  • Managing Problems
Published reviews: 

"Well presented and stimulating to read... the instructions for activities are easy to follow." 
Sarah Donoghue, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, British Journal of Occupational Therapy

“This is an intriguing book”  
Therapy Weekly

“Its strengths lie in its clear presentation and organisation, and the wealth and variety of activities suggested.” CSLT Bulletin

“It is a tool box full of ideas”  
Nick Moore, Care Weekly

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Sue Hutchings, Jayne Comins & Judy Offiler

Sue Hutchings is currently working as a lecturer at Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy, Oxford. A professional interest in social communication skills has mainly developed from an educational perspective. Previously, she has worked as an occupational therapist in mental health, both in a psychiatric hospital and in the community.

Jayne Comins has skills in speech therapy, counselling and occupational and organizational psychology. She is currently Information Officer at the College of Speech and Language Therapists and specialises in voice disorders at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London. She has experience of organizing and running groups in hospitals, homes and day centres and helped to establish a mental health team assisting clients back into the community.

Judy Offiler is an experienced speech therapist who developed an interest in social communication skills particularly through her last post in London, which involved working in 'Care in the Community' projects with adults who have a learning. She is now employed by South Tees Health Authority and continues to work with clients who have learning difficulties.