Yes, most teens need social skill classes, or maybe just some tips, on how to behave in an appropriate manner.
Sitting on Kyneton railway station yesterday and there was the usual suspects; several teen girls hanging around a couple of teen boys who were showing off to their enraptured female audience by swearing their heads off and being too rough in horse play judging by the loud complaints from one of the girls.
This actually made the boys pull up and calm their behaviour down...one of their own applying the brakes and firmly marking a social boundary.
How many teens feel unable to apply these brakes by speaking up, by saying that they don't like something that a peer is doing?
How many are unable to recognise these boundaries?
There are social stories galore for our younger kids, whether they're on the Autistic Spectrum or not, but many times these are not suitable and it seems that all teens are grossly over-looked; they could do with some social skills classes slipped in between maths and science.
Simply sitting teens down to explain what is and is not acceptable could make the world of difference to their lives as hormones can blind them to what is really very obvious.
Why teaching social skills to teenagers is important.
Social skills activities for children and teenagers.
Preparing to teach social skills to your teen.