Good social skills mean a lifetime of healthy interactions. It helps a child develop better social skills, interpret feelings of others and learn to cooperate. In fact, the development of the brain depends on environmental stimulation, which further enhances cognitive, language and emotional skills, according to an article by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Self-regulation, play-skills, attention, executive functioning and sequencing also improve.
However, not every child is as social. They might stand away from the crowd, bury themselves in books or prefer solitary play. This could be a personality trait, but it is important to examine whether the child is having trouble connecting with others or communicating through speech, gestures and facial expressions. Further, children also need to learn how to behave in different social situations. So, for children with lower social interaction, here’s how to help navigate challenges.
Seek Professional Help
Experienced child counselors have a unique ability to establish rapport and relate the causes of social skill deficits to their effects and provide effective counseling, according to an article by the Institute for Personal Growth. Choose a therapist who keeps parents in the loop too, while working on body image and insecurities to alleviate social fear. This way adolescents might no longer struggle to talk or display certain behavior around others.
Arrange Home Play Dates
Depending on their age, children might not understand sarcasm, say inappropriate things, withdraw from conversations with other kids or be a poor listener, according to an article by Understood. One good way to improve these skills is to invite their close friends over. The child is usually calmer and more relaxed at home. Interaction in such a familiar environment can help them open up better.
Let Them Breathe
While only a few schools pay attention to soft skills, like emotional intelligence or compassion, most are focused on reading, writing and math, according to an article by Healthline. Further, parents might also bombard children with soccer, piano and dance lessons. This ultimately reduces their “me time” and keeps them from learning how to be social. Therefore, allow them sufficient free time to retrospect, think and take initiative to build relationships.
Raising socially phobic children increases the odds of mental health issues like anxiety and depression. It can also cause high blood pressure or heart problems. So, get in touch with experts to benefit from tried and tested strategies for improved social interactions.