Children with social difficulties can be assisted through Occupational Therapy. Developing social skills is most effective in natural settings such as at home or school, with other children during regular activities and routines, as opposed to a clinic situation which may be more artificial. Group sessions involving sports, life skills such as cooking and shopping can be very helpful as well as education to their peers and teachers on the difficulties that child is having. Social Stories can also be effective to explain social rules to children.
Some signs your child may need help developing their social skills include:
· Poor listening skills
· Struggles to follow instructions/rules
· Has difficulty ignoring distractions
· Has difficulty taking turns when conversing with others or when playing a game
· Has difficulty making friends or reading subtle social cues
· Has difficulty placing themselves in other people’s shoes