Social Skills for Young Adults with Disabilities

Meeting new people can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you make a great first impression.

  • Introduce yourself with your name and a firm handshake.
  • Make eye contact and smile. Be friendly!
  • Be polite and courteous. Please, thank you, and excuse me go a long way.
  • Be aware of personal space. When meeting new people, make sure you are an arm’s length away to be respectful of everyone’s space.
  • Speak clearly and watch your volume. Try not to speak too loudly or too softly. 
  • Try not to interrupt when others are talking. Wait for them to finish before responding.
  • Ask questions about the other person. Recognize your shared interests.
  • Listen and respect each others’ feelings. If you don’t agree with another person’s opinion, stay calm and respectfully disagree by kindly sharing your thoughts. You can always learn from other people’s opinions.
  • If a person is quiet and not very talkative, don’t take it personally. They may just be having a bad day. Give them some space!
  • Don’t jump in on a conversation among strangers, even if you are an expert on what they are talking about.
  • It’s okay to be nervous when meeting other people. It happens to everyone!
Friendship and Social, Recreation, Socialization
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