Have you ever said this to your child?
“When my voice sounds harsh, that means I’m frustrated.”
“When I raise one eyebrow up, it means I’m confused.”
I’m pretty sure the answer is NO.
That’s because traditionally, parents and educators typically don’t have to “teach” children the basics of social interaction or the nuances of social situations. However, interacting with others can be both confusing and frustrating for many children. Children with poor social skills are often socially isolated and that along with lack of social awareness can have life long effects.
Check out the article I wrote for the Carolina Pediatric Therapy blog by clicking the link below. I came up with six basic talking points to help parents and teachers educate students who struggle socially.