Social Skills Development

How To Help A Kid Who is Being Ostracized

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School is back in full-swing and some kids are loving it; reconnecting and building new friendships while others are being shunned and ostracized. I am getting many heartbreaking emails from parents who are feeling helpless as they watch from the sidelines as their child cowers from the pain of rejection. One parent shares how her …

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How To Help Your Teen When a Friendship Suddenly Ends

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We tend to think of romantic relationships as the ones that break hearts, but when a friendship suddenly ends, it can hurt just as badly. It is important to recognize that although it was not a romantic involvement, this doesn’t mean that when a friendship ends that it doesn’t hurt. Gone are the late night exchanges, the …

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Becoming A Social Spy: How to Understand Anyone

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Do you consider yourself an observant person? How good are you at listening, taking note of your surroundings and tailoring your approach appropriately? Some of you will consider yourselves a great Reader of the Room, while most will think they have a thing or two to learn. According to resent research, only 10% of us …

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5 Social Skills for Kids That Are Wise to Practice Over the Summer

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Your child looks down, eyes diverting from the bank teller and you impatiently think, “Come on, spit it out!” You witness what seems to be paralysis. She starts sentences then stops them, hesitates and as the teller’s eyes divert from her to you, she eventually utters words that are inaudible and incomprehensible. Later, when you ask …

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Managing Silence in Conversations

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Is silence good for conversations? Most people think of silence as something that needs to be quickly covered up otherwise it will lead to awkwardness. There is a reason we often refer to silence as “awkward silence”. After all, is silence even part of communication? Yes! In fact, silence can be a very effective communication …

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13 Social Skills Activities For Adults Who Want To Learn How To Relate To Others Better 

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Is it Social Anxiety? Social Avoidance? Social Awkwardness? It doesn’t really matter how we define it; it matters what we do to alleviate it. This article describes social skills activities that will help make connections easier. When we struggle with social skills, we may avoid social situation which in turn can affect how we build …

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7 Social Skills Games Parents & Teachers Can Play to Help Kids Who Are Falling Behind

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Social skills games encourage children to join in, cooperate, take turns, understand social expectations, meet playmate expectations, and recognize inappropriate behavior. Helping your child develop social skills can make a lasting positive impact on their life. People with good social skills often know what to say when, how to behave in a variety of situations, …

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Social Skills: How to Detect Gaps and Build Proficiency in Children of All Ages

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Caroline Maguire Educator and Author This article first appeared in the 2022 issue of Parents League Review – Essential Articles on Parenting and Education © 2022 Parents League of New York www.parentsleague.org. Moving from Social Distancing to Social-Emotional Learning As parents, we helped our children with remote learning, remote homework, and remote playdates during the …

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10 Phrases to Move the Conversation Along

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Juggling the many aspects of a reciprocal conversation can be hard for people with ADHD. Sometimes, we talk and talk without really engaging with the other person. We talk AT them rather than with them, and then we experience, shame, embarrassment and rumination—replaying the interaction for days. What is a Reciprocal Conversation? When two or …

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