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Developing Social Skills In Children

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One of the most important skills that children should be taught is social skills. Some of the essential social skills are cooperation, confidence, empathy and communication. These skills help children adjust their behaviour to fit a situation, and their personal needs and desires.

As parents, most of us know that our children will learn to read and write within the first few school days. But how many of us remember that there are social skills to master as well that will help our children throughout their life.

According to an article titled ‘Teaching Social Skills to Young Children’ written by Ronnie Ginsberg in earlychildhoodnews.com, “Helping young children develop the social skills necessary to succeed is a crucial task for teachers and parents. Such skills are not only necessary for enhancing social and emotional connections, which promote a feeling of belonging versus isolation and loneliness, but they are also clearly essential in the development of academic success.”

However, not all children need help with the same set of social skills. The social skills your child needs to learn and practise could vary depending on his age. According to an article titled ‘Improving Kids’ Social Skills’ written by Susan Diamond, a speech-language pathologist and the author of Social Rules for Kids, in parents.com, "It's important to know the normal developmental skills appropriate for different age groups so you can determine where the help is needed."

The Child Development Institute says that children go through several stages of social development, with each stage contributing to the development of social skills in children. Parents need to understand the social problems faced by their children and map out a plan to solve them as carefully and thoughtfully as they would consider any academic or health problem.

To know more about how to develop social skills in children, please go through the pages of this ClipBook.

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