Social and Emotional Development

Roundtable

Using Improv Games to Teach Social Skills

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 9

While there are many programs that teach social skills in a didactic framework, it can be difficult to find opportunities for active participation and practice of those skills. Improvisational acting games require the real-time use of vital interpersonal skills such as identifying emotions, responding to others, and expressing thoughts and feelings. Improv also requires the use of mentalization skills such as cognitive flexibility, taking other perspectives, and "thinking on your feet." Improv games can be a fun, variable, active way to engage gifted students in practicing social skills through a method that leverages their natural verbal skill, intelligence, and desire to perform.

Matthew J. Zakreski

School Psychologist/Counselor
The Grayson School

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