Social skills are the skills we use every day to interact and communicate with others. They include verbal and non-verbal communication, such as speech, gesture, facial expression and body language. Social skills are vital in enabling an individual to have and maintain positive interactions with others. Many of these skills are crucial in making and sustaining friendships. Social skills help our society to work well. We start learning these skills as babies and continue learning and improving them during our lives. Social interactions do not always run smoothly and an individual needs to be able to implement appropriate strategies, such as conflict resolution when difficulties in interactions arise.
What is considered “Social Skills”?
How can you tell if my child has problems with social skills? You child may have difficulties with some of the following:
Many aspects of social development seem to be an innate part of a child’s temperament, but we also know that the environment can play an important part in shaping a child’s social development. There is no question that children with better social skills have a significant advantage in life. They not only experience the immediate success of positive relationships, but they do better in school, have a better self-image, and in general, are much more resilient as they face life’s inevitable challenges.
It is not helpful to criticize children for their inappropriate behavior. Criticism may lead to self-consciousness, and even resentment. A better approach is to teach children new skills and let them experience the immediate rewards of new social success. The more that parents and teachers model and encourage good communication skills in children, the more quickly these skills will be learned. Humans show specific behaviors because there is a benefit to doing so. In order to fully convince the student to change his or her ways, the benefits of the new actions must outweigh those of continuing the old patterns of behavior.
If left untreated what can difficulties with social skills lead to?
If you see that your child is having difficulty with their social skills, seeking therapy can get them the help they need. A certified adolescent mental health therapist can assist your child in obtaining these necessary skills and put them on a path to social wellness. At Cameron Pediatric Counseling, Inc., we can not only assist your child, but we can also help your entire family to help your child adapt well in new social situations. Give us a call today to set up an assessment.
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