Two boys playingDoes my child have needs in this area? Ask yourself the following:
  • Does my child have frequent meltdowns?
  • Does my child have difficulty transitioning activities?
  • Is my child unable to wait?
  • Is my child unable to accept “no”?
  • Does my child have difficulty sharing and taking turns?
  • Is my child unable to self-regulate after frustration?
How to increase social skills at home:
  • Teach and offer strategies to help your child communicate their feelings
    • Have them draw or write how they feel and discuss it
    • Practice reading facial expressions
  • Use visual supports for daily routines and schedules
    • Children thrive on structure, and knowing what will come next can improve transitions and reactions
    • Using a timer is another similar strategy that can be helpful
  • Reinforce positive interactions with positive attention or a reward system
  • Teach your child self-calming strategies
    • This includes taking deep breaths, physical movement, and self-talk
  • Young girl writing with momPractice taking turns during games and promote sharing
    • Children learn through play and this will help facilitate good coping strategies when they play with their peers
    • Don’t always let your child win
    • Engage in other activities that involve cooperation and team playing like baking, light housework etc.
  • Give your child responsibility
    • Making their bed or helping clear the dinner table can help a child understand that they are part of a team and can work together with others towards the same goal