Importance of Social Groups
As children get older, they become part of a larger social world. Many parents are concerned about the lack of their child’s relationships. These relationships can vary with children, teachers, and other adults.
Indicated below are signs that a child may need some social coaching. Some examples are:
- lacks at least one or two close friends
- poor eye contact
- poor joint attention
- has trouble losing or winning with good sportsmanship
- doesn’t show empathy when others are hurt
- difficulty with problem solving
- acts bossy or insists on his or her own way
- can’t seem to start or even maintain conversation
- uses a louder voice than other children
- unintentionally annoys other children
How can parents help their children develop better social relationships?
Enrolling your child in a social skills group can be beneficial in teaching critical life-long socialization skills. Social groups focus on gaining joint attention, sharing, reciprocal play, non-verbal cues/communication, problem solving, developing an interest in others, increasing eye contact, emotions, sportsmanship, and conversation.