Social Skills

Signs a child may be having difficulties with social skills:

  • Shy or uninterested in saying hello or goodbye to friends and family/ social anxiety

  • Limited or unusual eye contact

  • Seemingly unaware of others around them

  • Difficulty initiating conversation or joining in group play

  • Has trouble empathising or perspective taking

  • Difficulty reading/using body language or verbal/non-verbal cues

  • Difficulty listening and following instructions

  • Struggle to respond appropriately when asked to change their actions or behaviour

  • Unable to maintain a topic of conversation

  • Difficulty taking turns

  • Struggles to maintain appropriate personal space

The Nuts and Bolts

Social skills are the skills a person uses to communicate and interact with others on a daily basis. Social skills include verbal and non-verbal communication. Positive social interactions promote positive developmental outcomes. They are vital in enabling an individual to make and maintain positive interactions and relationships with others throughout their life from childhood into adulthood. The building blocks necessary for developing social skills include attention and concentration, expressive and receptive language, pre-language skills, play skills, self-regulation, executive functioning and planning and sequencing. Developing social skills in young children will help them better connect with others and live happier more meaningful lives.​

TIPS for developing your child's social skills at home
  • Play:  Engage your child in imaginary and role play using toys, lego, dolls, puppets etc. Board games where there are a winner and a loser are great to begin practising at home with your support

  • Emotions: Talk about your own emotions with your child and help them talk about theirs. Recognise the importance of self-care for yourself.

  • Praise: Build your child's confidence by pointing out times they behaved expectedly and praise them for it

  • Reflection: Self-reflect on expected and unexpected behaviours with your child in a positive and constructive way when everyone is feeling calm. Encourage your child to be curious about what happened and why and what it felt like.

  • Play Dates: Organise play dates for your child and help facilitate play to enable your child to have positive play experiences while learning in a safe environment.

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