Social Skills Training

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Social Skill Training (SST)

SST refers to any adult-directed instruction in which social skills are targeted for improvement. 

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about social skills training (SST).
  • Applying SST in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The SST module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for SST 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of SST 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for SST 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using SST 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring SST 25 minutes
Applying SST 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Griffin, W., Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2016). Social skills training. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the social skills training module (SST) module (PDF document, 2 pages)


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