Comprehensive Social Skills Checklist

Response to Intervention: The Ultimate Social Skills Checklist

I have learned (the hard way) that not all social skill deficits are one & the same. In an effort to save time, I tried to have grade level social skills groups. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but once my groups got underway it became pretty clear that the children in my groups had very different skill sets.

There I was, trying to save time by teaching all of my students social skills at the same time. While struggling to meet the needs of my students and keep them engaged, I had to ask myself, “Was I really saving time by teaching students how to introduce themselves or join in a peer activity when they were already able to perform these skills?”

Answer: NO

I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Alice in Wonderland, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!”

Rather than try to make my students fit into my group, I have decided that it is much more productive to tailor my groups to the needs of my students.

Twice a year, I send out an email to my teachers announcing my upcoming group schedule. I have found that the following form allows me to identify specific issues that I can address in a small group setting.

While the form can seem a bit daunting, it serves as a treasure trove of data to drive the development of your counseling program. If you can gauge the student’s response to intervention by re-administering the checklist after 4-6 weeks of intervention. You can also have teachers rate the intensity of the behavior on a 5 point scale to obtain even more detailed information about the student’s progress.

Tip: To help ease the feeling of “One more thing on my plate!” for teachers, I offer to meet with them in person and complete the checklist while we discuss the students on my caseload. This option gives teachers a choice and lets them feel heard.

Word of caution: This form is pretty formidable. Handing it over to teachers without first gaining buy-in may not go over so well. Given the scope of this social skills checklist, it is more feasible to use it with select students (Tier II or Tier III) rather than the whole student body.

Social Skills Checklist:



Click here to download the social skills checklist.

A big: THANK YOU to Escambia County School District in Florida for this great resource!

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6 responses to “Response to Intervention: The Ultimate Social Skills Checklist”

  1. Lisa Jones Avatar

    Hi! Do you have any information/tips for young introverts?

  2. Lisa Jones Avatar

    Hi! Do you have any information/tips for young introverts?

  3. aida cunanan Avatar
    aida cunanan

    HI! May I use the Social Skills checklist as my instrument for my thesis in the graduate school?

  4. Victoria Jones Avatar
    Victoria Jones


  5. Ami Ahmad Avatar
    Ami Ahmad

    Hello Heather,

    My name is Jamilah Ahmad or by short Ami.

    I am currently a student in the University of Malaya, Malaysia. I am pursuing my Master in Early Childhood Education program. I came across your checklist on social skills, which I find it useful for my observation protocol for my dissertation.

    I would like to ask for your permission to use the social skills checklist (Elementary/Pre-K) for my study. (

    I would like to thank you in advance for your kind assistance towards my research study on this matter.

    I am looking forward to your soonest reply.

    Best Regard
    Ami Ahmad

    1. Heather Avatar

      Absolutely! I’m happy you found something that fits your needs. I’m interested in hearing how your research turned out. Keep me posted!
      Best wishes,

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