THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SKILLS

To communicate effectively with others, establish friendships, positive social relationships, and be perceived as a likable human being, a person must first demonstrate good social skills.

Social skills for children are the most important set of abilities that they have. Having great social skills help you meet interesting people, get that job you want, progress further in your career and relationships. Some people just naturally blessed with , good social skills and easy, smooth conversation.

But the lack of good social skills can make life lonely, causing anxiety and depression. We get depressed and anxious when we dont meet our fundamental human needs. And the need to socialize, to connect with others is fundamental. We all need social contact. But its a trap to assume that you either have social skills, or you dont.

Sure, some people find it easier to relax around people, talk and listen confidently naturally. But like any set of skills, social skills can be learned, honed and developed by anyone. And social skills training are a vital part of building confidence.

Building good relationships with other people can greatly reduce stress and anxiety in your life. In fact, improving your social support is linked to better mental health in general, since having good friends can act as a buffer for feelings of anxiety and low mood. This is especially true if you are socially anxious and desperately want to make friends but are either too fearful to do so or are unsure about how to reach out to others. As a result of these anxious feelings, you may even be avoiding social situations.

Therapeutic intervention to help a child with social skills difficulties is important to:

Help a child to engage appropriately with others during play, conversation and in interactions.

Help a child to develop friendships at school and when accessing out of school activities (e.g., playing sport, attending a group such as Scouts).

Help a child maintain friendships with peers.

Help a child to behave appropriately during interactions with familiar people (e.g., parents, siblings, teachers, family friends) and unfamiliar individuals (e.g., adults and children they may need to engage with during excursions and when visiting places, such as the park or swimming pool).

Assist a child in developing their awareness of social norms and to master specific social skills (e.g., taking turns in a conversation, using appropriate eye contact, verbal reasoning, understanding figurative language).

Develop appropriate social stories to help teach the child about how to respond in specific social situations.

Some children require explicit teaching about how to interact and communicate with others as these skills do not come naturally to them.

When children have difficulties with social skills, they might also have difficulties with:

Making new friends.

Maintaining friendships with peers.

Communicating effectively with unfamiliar individuals during situations including asking for assistance in a shop, asking for directions if they are lost and negotiating with someone with whom they have disagreed.

Reading/understanding social situations.

Understanding jokes and figurative language during interactions with others, and when watching television shows and movies and reading books.

Coping with failure.

What type of therapy is recommended for social skill difficulties?

If your child has difficulties with social skills, it is recommended they consult a social skills therapy for children help them acquire social skills . If there are multiple areas of concern (i.e., beyond just social skills), both Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy may well be recommended to address the functional areas of concern. This is the benefit of choosing Kid Sense provides both Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

A major goal of social skills training is teaching persons who may or may not have emotional problems about the verbal as well as nonverbal behaviours involved in social interactions. Many people have never been taught such interpersonal skills as making “small talk” in social settings, or the importance of good eye contact during a conversation.