It's a lot more than just
learning how to make friends. . .
Social Skills is both an inward gaze and outward experience. Social skills are how we interact with the world. This begins with the self-awareness and self-examination of who we are and this defines our self-concept. Self-examination is an ongoing discovery. Children who are encouraged to try new things and experience new friends are well on the way to understanding who they are and who they aspire to become.
As children mature, they develop their own ways to cope with social situations. Some children cope well and some need assistance from a teacher, counselor and/or parent. Here is where modeling and teaching social skills is so important. There truly are "best practice" methods to making and keeping friends. Parents can help their children practice these:
How we promote ourselves (self-esteem)
How we interact with others (body language, personal space, eye contact, voice)
How we feel about ourselves (mood, courage, determination, fears, resilience)
How we treat others (respect and empathy)
How we regulate ourselves (self-control, calming activities, positive self-talk)
How we engage others (take turns, greetings, conversations, transitions)
How we defend ourselves (negotiate, resolve conflict)
Working on these skills over the summer is a wonderful investment for your child's upcoming academic year. Please download our summer brochure on www.kidscreektherapy.com and consider enrolling your child in a social skills summer camp at Kid's Creek. For a free 30-minute consultation, contact Social Skills coordinator Monique Toole, firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to meet with you to discuss if a summer camp is a good fit for your child.