Helping Your Child Develop Social Skills


Has your child been having conflicts with peers or having difficulty making friends? As a parent, you want to help your child succeed in school, both academically and socially. If your child is struggling socially, you can help them by teaching them social skills at home that will lead to social success.

This hand-out, from Audrey Prince, M.Ed. provides parents with helpful strategies to help their children learn social skills. Social skills can include following directions, active listening, taking turns, sharing, resolving conflicts, and asking for help. Modeling and practicing appropriate social skills at home can be very important in teaching children social skills.

Social skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance. Strengthening a child’s social skills can help them to feel more confident in school amongst their peers and succeed in life.