Introduction to Assessing & Teaching Social Skills, Claremorris

Presented by Alex Kelly & Amy Green, Specialist Speech & Language Therapists & Authors of ‘Talkabout‘ Resources


Mc William Park Hotel

Claremorris, County Mayo


Wednesday 28th November 2018


The importance of being socially skilled cannot be over-estimated. We all need these skills to communicate effectively in order to listen to others, to express ourselves, to be taken seriously and to make friends. We know that social competence contributes to quality of life and has been repeatedly demonstrated to be a critical variable in predicting success in future life. However, not all children develop social competence naturally. Some children struggle with their social skills and require intervention.

This workshop will help you to answer these important questions about social skills:

  1. Assessment… Where do I start?
  2. Intervention… How can I teach social skills?
  3. Evaluation… How can I measure progress?


Course Outline


  • An introduction to social skills, what do we mean and why is this important?
  • Assessing social skills and planning where to start
  • The theory behind the hierarchy of skills
  • How to complete an assessment


  • How to reassess and measuring effectiveness
  • Effective intervention – the different strategies to teach social skills
  • How to set up and run a social skills group
  • Practical ideas of games and activities you could run


Course Presenters

Alex Kelly is a speech and language therapist with nearly 30 years’ experience of working with people who have difficulties with their social skills, self-esteem and their relationships.  She is best known for being the author of the hugely popular TALKABOUT resources which are practical books to help staff to develop social skills.  She spent 23 years working in the NHS but now runs her own business jointly with her husband.  She provides training and consultancy work in social skills and spends much of her time working in schools to help them develop social skills in an effective and measurable way. As a company, they have developed a way to set social skills targets and measure and report on progress and this is forming the basis of some research into the effectiveness of social skills work in schools. Several of their schools have had excellent feedback because of this from Ofsted (the inspector of schools in England) and Estyn (the inspector of schools in Wales).  She is also currently writing a text book on social skills and is continuing to develop resources in all areas of social skills. She lectures internationally and is well known for being inspirational and passionate in her work with people who have disabilities.


Amy Green is a senior speech and language therapist for Alex Kelly Ltd specialising in the area of social skills. She provides training in communication and developing social skills as well and supporting Alex to expand the Talkabout series including co-authoring Talkabout for Adults. She works one day a week in a school with children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties providing one to one speech and language therapy as well as helping the school to put social skills on to the curriculum for all students. Previously Amy has worked in SEBD settings and special education schools around Hampshire. Amy is also the training manager for Alex Kelly Ltd, organising and coordinating all training courses provided by the company.






“Excellent mix of facts, activities, humour, ideas, rationale and theory underpinning it” 



Outstanding training. Most valuable training I’ve received in a long time



“The best inset day I have been on since becoming a teacher”



Workshop Ticket Prices

  • Regular Rate from June 1st: €175
  • Late Booking Rate after 12th November 2018 €185

Places on this workshop are LIMITED so please book early to secure your ticket.


Included In Your Ticket Price

  • Hot Main Course Lunch with Tea/Coffee
  • Refreshments on arrival and during break times
  • Attendance Certificate
  • High Quality Training
  • Car Parking



9am – 9.30am:  Registration & Refreshments

9.30am – 4.30pm:  Workshop


Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for education professionals, allied health professionals and will be of interest to

  • Speech & Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • School Principals
  • Teachers
  • Resource Teachers
  • Special Needs Assistants
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Anybody interested in learning how to teach social skills to children and adolescents of all abilities


Claremorris Workshop Venue

Mc William Park Hotel, Kilcolman Road, Claremorris, Co Mayo, Ireland. Phone: 094 937 8000.



Ireland Workshop Dates

Monday 26th November, Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty, County Cork

Wednesday 28th November, Mc William Park Hotel, Claremorris, County Mayo

Thursday 29th November, Solas Bhride Centre, Kildare Town


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Event Date: 28-11-2018
Event Price: €175.00
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