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Social Communication skills

Social Communication skills are the skills we use every day to interact with others. This means verbal and non-verbal communication, speech, expression and body language. Children and also adults with special needs can have difficulties with social skills. Social skills are important so that we can have and maintain positive interactions with others. Many of these skills are crucial to making and also keeping friendships.

Unfortunately, social interactions do not always run smoothly. We need the ability to implement appropriate strategies, such as conflict resolution when difficulties arise. There are lots of ways we can help with social skills, like with play. Play can teach turn taking, cooperation and appropriate response. Pretend play or role modelling is great for practising scenarios of social situations. Teaching how to recognise their own emotions and how to read others. Having empathy, recognising how others feel in certain situations and picking up signs.

We can also use visuals and social stories to teach in an appropriate fun way. The goal is to increase the child’s understanding by describing a specific situation and suggesting an appropriate social response. By teaching social skills we are helping them to become more independent. They will be better able to cope with life situations. Therefore make and maintain friendships. Furthermore, they can read and understand social situations and experience positive interactions.

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