3 ways to help your child improve social skills

By Anita Yee   — July 22, 2016
  • An introverted child will hang back from the action at a comfortable distance
    1 / 3 An introverted child will hang back from the action at a comfortable distance

    Often, we view successful “socialising” as having an outgoing personality and being able to quickly embrace a new group of people. 

    “Some children with a more introverted personality may enjoy such an experience without being the loudest one at the party,” shares Leanne Sunarya, executive director of Etonhouse International Education Group.

    They play alongside others, watching the interactions and may share in the joy initially from a distance.

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  • Role-playing helps to ease your child into social situations
    2 / 3 Role-playing helps to ease your child into social situations

    Before your child is exposed to a new social situation, it helps to role-play how to begin joining others in play and practising communication.

    If she has difficulty separating from you, start with settings where you can be involved  but follow her lead, let her respond for herself and avoid doing the socialising for her.

    This will eliminate the fear of separation and enable her to focus on the social element of the experience.

     

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  • It's important to respect your child's needs
    3 / 3 It's important to respect your child's needs

    Not everyone is happy to have many friends; some feel joy with one or two close companions who share the same interests.

    Respect who your child is and what her needs are.

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