Helping Children with Social Skills

Helping Children with Social Skills

Social Skills

Helping Children with Social Skills, Social skills are important as they enable children to maintain positive interactions with the society. These skills are vital to make and sustain friendship. Social skills include responding appropriately to questions, making eye contact, smiling, wishing namastey/ hello, saying bye, being polite, helping others, solving problems, having interest in ongoing topic, giving proper responses in the conversation and following rules of conversation.

As parents it is our duty to make our child inclusive in the society. Some ways through which we can improve social skills in children are-

  • Eye contact– play games like peek-a-boo, use masks, “eyes on forehead” game (where you put a sticker on your forehead and let the child see it) to improve eye contact of your child.


  • Emotions– help your child develop emotions and understand emotions as well. Pretend play and emotion stickers help a lot. Emotion quiz game can be played where the child has to recognise the emotion showed.






  • Model social behaviour– great way to help your kid understand social skills is to simply model good behaviour yourself. Be respectful of others during your day-to-day life. If your take your kids grocery shopping, make polite conversation with the cashier. When you pick your child up after school, be kind and courteous to other parents, teachers, and school officials.






  • Empathy– help the child to recognise how other people might feel in a particular situation and how to react.
  • Social stories– These are stories which are used to teach children specific social skills that they may find difficult to understand or are confusing. The goal of the story is to increase the child’s understanding by describing in detail a specific situation and suggesting an appropriate social response.





  • Play dates– arrange play activities with other children of same age group and let children interact with everyone through role play. Let them take turns for each activity. Sing songs pretending enjoying a festival or birthday. Let them introduce each other, ask about each other, politely negotiate with each other etc.



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  • Team sports– involve your child in sports like cricket or basketball, football, baseball where they have to combine with the whole team and play. This helps to build in more meaningful interactions within children.






  • Seek outside help– If your child does not seem to be developing socially, this could be indicative of an underlying mental health disorder. If you have concerns about your child’s social development, talk a child psychologist or speech therapist.

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