Social Skills Development

My Child is Lonely, What Should I Do?

Lonely Child

Questions involving lonely children and teens have been coming up a lot recently. Parents are struggling with the pain associated with loneliness – parents of all ages and circumstances. Q: What Can I do if My Child is Lonely? If you notice a pattern, i.e. your child’s friends aren’t talking to her, help her figure …

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Social Emotional Challenges of Gifted / Learning Differences Children and Adults

social emotional challenges of twice exceptional / gifted

It is common for people with learning differences to experience powerfulstrengths but also social emotional challenges.  Added social emotional challenges may affect gifted children with learning differences (also known as 2e or twice-exceptional i.e. they possess characteristics of both giftedness and learning differences ) because they are often confused and frustrated by the disconnect; how …

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7 Ways to Help Your Kid’s Rusty Social Skills Now That the Pandemic Is Winding Down

Rusty Social Skills

The Impact of COVID on Social Emotional Skills No one can dismiss the impact rusty social skills has had on all of us, especially our children. Calling it a missed year is an understatement. How can we expect our child to assimilate into hybrid or in-person learning when they haven’t been practicing their social skills? …

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Essential Guide to Transitioning to Social Interactions – Post COVID

social interactions

Social isolation was not easy at first. We weren’t prepared for it. Now, one year later, we’ve grown accustomed to a lack of physical human interaction. I have heard from people all over the world, distressed that they are unable to meet people every day, to interact and to have mundane conversations. But NOW I …

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How Adept are You at Reading the Room?

Reading the Room

The Importance of Tailoring Messages Have you ever mis-spoken? Have you mistakenly hurt, offended or alienated someone? More than likely, you answer yes. And more than likely, you regret it and wish you could change that interaction. Tailoring messages and our contributions is important because it builds community and friendships. Reading the Room It is …

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10 Things To Calm YOU Down When Raising Kids With Executive Functioning Challenges

remain calm

Raising Kids With Executive Functioning Challenges Building strategies to help you calm down, thinking and wise in the moment – even when your child is reacting, melting down or seems oblivious to something urgent and necessary – is paramount. Weak executive function means your child may be immature and might struggle with social and academic …

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What to Do When Your Teen Can’t Seem to Make Friends You Approve Of

can't seem to make friends

He can’t seem to make friends, or the friends he does make, you don’t like. More than likely, you already know that banning anything rarely works. When you push, they pull. This goes for your teen’s friendships too. What is the answer? Collaboration. What To Do When Your Teen Can’t Make Friends or the Friends …

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Social Emotional Needs of Children

Children often struggle with social emotional skills. Social skills can be learned at any age, but it may develop slowly. Stay patient. Parents need to stay in tune of their child’s specific social emotional needs and help shape a strong framework for social-emotional health. I believe that children need peers of the same intellectual, emotional …

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