The ability to read and understand facial expressions is important during social interactions for kids. Here are some tips to consider:group of young children
 
  • Research shows that kids around age 5-6 could identify happy, angry, and sad faces with very high levels of accuracy.
  • The ability to recognize fear, disgust, and surprise improves throughout childhood and the teenage years, around age 11-16.
  • Kids who have strong face-reading skills tend to perform better in academics and have good peer relationships.

Tips on how to improve facial reading ability at home:
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  • Begin by showing different facial expressions pictures and explaining them to your child.
  • Practice different facial expressions with your child.
  • Let your child read different facial expressions and explain them to you.
  • You can make stories or games out of the facial expressions and have fun with your child.
  • It is a good idea to practice reading facial expressions throughout the day, for example while watching TV or reading books.