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.