A social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social “rules” and relations are communicated in both verbal and nonverbal ways. The process of learning these skills is called socialization.
Think back to when you were in school. A big part of being in school was to learn new things—e.g., math, writing, science, etc. But a bigger part was making friends and creating relationships. It is important that all children have the needed skills to make friends and get along in society.
Here are some things that parents can teach to enhance their child’s social skills
If we want our children to be successful in school, in a job, or as an independent adult, we must take the time to teach them social skills. These will open many doors for them.
You can find activities to strengthen your child’s social skills on this website by typing “social skills” into the search box on the Find Services, Groups, and Events.
The mother of a child who is nonverbal tells the story of a day when her daughter made some crazy demands, and the mother obliged.
After many years of the isolated, parallel play, my son finally discovered friends.