Stop & Think for Parents

For more information on Stop & Think for Parents contact Chris Irvin @ (907)-223-7841 ChrisIrvin@me.com

The Stop and Think Social Skill Training program uses a five-step approach for teaching, reinforcing or using any of the social skills mentioned above. The five steps are:

  • Stop and Think! This step is designed to condition children to take the time necessary to calm down and think about how they want to handle a situation.
  • Are You Going To Make a Good Choice or a Bad Choice? This step provides children with a chance to decide what kind of choice they want to make. With help from parents and teachers, along with the meaningful positive and negative consequences for various choices, children decide to make a “Good Choice.”
  • What Are Your Choices or Steps? This step helps children to develop a specific plan before implementing a social skill. Here is where parents and teachers assist children by providing possible good choices or by actually teaching specific skills by breaking them into their component behavioral parts. This step helps children to “think before they act”? getting them ready to move into action…and
  • Just Do It! Here is where children actually perform their “Good Choice” behavior. If the specific skill or choice works, great. If not, the child is either provided with additional choices by their parents or teachers, or they are taught a new skill to use. Sometimes, they are prompted to go over the steps of a previously taught skill to make sure they are using it properly. Once successful, it’s on to the last step.
  • The Good Job! step prompts children to reinforce themselves for successfully using a social skill and successfully responding to a situation or request. This step is important because children – and adults – do not always reinforce themselves for making good choices and doing a good job. Thus, this step teaches self-reinforcement.

The Social Skills That Are Taught


The Stop and Think Programs help parents and teachers to teach ten basic and ten advanced social skills at each of four developmental levels. The skills can be organized in four clusters: Survival Skills– these are the most basic skills that are needed in order to be successful with all of the other skills that are taught. These skills lay the foundation for all other skills and include the social skills of:

  • Listening
  • Following Directions
  • Using Nice Talk
  • Using Brave Talk
  • Rewarding Yourself
  • Evaluating Yourself

Interpersonal Skills – these skills help children interact successfully and get along with siblings, peers, older and younger students, parents, teachers and other adults. Included here are the social skills of:

  • Sharing
  • Asking for Permission
  • Joining an Activity
  • Contributing to Discussions
  • Answering Questions
  • How to Interrupt
  • How to Wait Your Turn
  • How to Wait for Adult’s Attention
  • Beginning/Ending a Conversation
  • Giving/Accepting Compliments

Problem Solving Skills – these skills help children to solve or prevent individual, interactive, peer, or classroom problems, and include the social skills of:

  • Asking for Help
  • Apologizing
  • Accepting Consequences
  • Setting a Goal
  • Deciding What To Do
  • Avoiding Trouble
  • Understanding the Feelings of Others
  • Responding to Failure

Conflict Resolution Skills – these skills help children to deal with highly emotional situations and to resolve existing intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts. Included here are the social skills of:

  • Dealing with Teasing
  • Dealing with Losing
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Walking Away from a Fight
  • Dealing with Accusations
  • Dealing with Being Left Out
  • Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Dealing with Fear
  • Dealing with the Anger of Others
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