As Jason approached the bus stop, he watched the interactions among his friends before joining in himself. This important social skill is known as greeting ability. Observing others who are socializing allows a person to assess the nature of the conversation, evaluate the type of emotions present, and plan a greeting (both verbal and non-verbal) that will fit the dynamics of the situation.
Many related verbal and non-verbal social skills flow from this important ability.
Here are some strategies to help students develop their greeting skills.
Make sure the student knows that there are times when it is appropriate to interrupt others (e.g., during an emergency).
Have I have ever interacted with this person before?
How did that go?
What is he/she doing now?
Can I add to the activity?
Will I be a distraction?
Is he/she happy, sad, angry, anxious?
Can I help?
Which peer group do I approach?Enhance the likelihood that a student's initiations with a peer or peer group will be successful by setting up structured opportunities in the classroom. For example, have the student lead others in a small group activity that focuses on one of his interest or affinity areas.
Do I greet the group as a whole?
Do I greet an individual who will help me get into the group?