Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will demonstrate the necessary skills to appropriately introduce himself/herself.
1. Decide if you want to meet the person.
2. Decide if it is a good time.
3. Walk up to the person.
4. Introduce yourself.
5. Wait for the person to tell you his/her name. If the person doesn't tell you, ask.
Definition: To introduce yourself means to let someone else know who you are.
Rationale: Introduce yourself when meeting new people and making new friends.
Discuss the different language used when making formal and informal introductions.
Talk about strategies to help people remember a name when they are introduced to someone.
A good time to introduce yourself is when you want to talk to someone who doesn't know your name.
Introduce yourself when people introduce themselves to you.
Have students think of several situations when they would need to introduce themselves (meeting a new student, teacher, waiting for an appointment to your boss, first day of school).
Discuss situations when students would not want to give someone their name.
Ask students for examples of situations where they were new to a group (new school, start of integrations, etc.).
Set the Stage:
Invite the school principal or other authority figure into the class and demonstrate formal introductions.
Invite a little known relative, friend, etc. to your class to share an activity (story, snack, etc.) with class. Discuss how important and more comfortable it is to know a person's name.
Play "Name Game" with the guided script to learn names and build rapport.
(Special School District, 1989 p. 103)
Model/Role-play with Feedback
Model appropriate handshaking.
Role play situations:
There is a new student in your classroom.
A friend of your parents is visiting your home. You introduce yourself to the friend.
A new boy or girl moves into your neighborhood. You introduce yourself to the new neighbor.
You introduce yourself to several classmates at the start of the school year.
You are bringing a new friend over to your house. Show how you would introduce your friend and parents to each other.
You and a friend and run into someone you babysit for. Introduce the two of them to each other.
It is the first day of your new job. You have never met the person who works next to you. Introduce yourself.
Your sister's date is waiting for her. Introduce yourself to him.
You are sent to escort a guest speaker to the auditorium. Introduce yourself.
You need to let the receptionist know that you have arrived for your dental appointment. Introduce yourself to her.
You see someone you would like to talk to. Introduce yourself.
You meet your new bus driver.
New neighbors move in.
You meet a new relative at a family reunion.
Application with Feedback
Write out steps for a homework assignment and list five examples of when they could use the skill.
Use crossword puzzles/word searches using the process steps.
Give each student an index card. When they introduce themselves to a teacher at school, have the teacher initial the card.
Send the student on an errand to give a message to a teacher the student doesn't know. Instruct the student to introduce themselves to the teacher.
Ask students to initiate work with another student they don't know.
Have a new person come into the classroom.
When out on a field trip, observe students.
Have an unknown student come into the classroom and take a seat at the table.
Invite a guest speaker and allow students to initiate introduction.
Students may self report an introduction (who, when, where) made within a one week time period.
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County