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The phrase “social skills” is how we describe interactions in relationships that can be verbal or nonverbal behaviors that communicate our thoughts and feelings. Verbal expressions can be a statement by the child of “I don’t care” or constant talking about a subject without asking the listener their opinion. Nonverbal expressions can be little eye contact or turning your back on the listener. Childhood is a sensitive time to create connections between caregivers and friends and develop healthy social skills.
These are a few signs that social skills may be more of a challenge to your child. If a few of these signs sound like familiar behaviors, it does not mean your child has a definite problem. These are just guidelines to seek additional help.
As a caregiver, you are a secure base for your child to connect yet feel comfortable to explore the world around them. Therefore, modeling healthy social skills to children is one of the best ways for them to learn. Here are a few skills to encourage at home.