The development of social skills is influenced by emotional, fine-motor, gross-motor, play skills, sensory skills, and speech and language skills. Young children develop a sense of self-worth and confidence in social situations when they have experiences with others in a supportive atmosphere. Academic performance is known to correlate with their personal, social, and behavioral development.
Children can learn how to show respect, listen, follow directions, and be cooperative with others. Understanding social rules and appropriate behaviors, working as a team, taking turns, sharing, offering and asking for help, making choices, and understanding consequences are reinforced.
With trained and experienced facilitators children can practice skills with their peers in a safe and structured environment. Interdependence is supported and issues of self-concept, self-control, problem solving, and responsibility are taught in lessons.
Your child's ability to interact socially with their peers directly correlates with the amount of confidence they have in themselves. If your child needs help with social skill development, contact Winslow Savage OTR today!
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The basic concept of groups is to have fun and make friends. By playing games, sharing stories, performing tasks, modeling behaviors, role-playing and practicing scripting what to say in certain situations, children are provided with opportunities that help them acquire social skills. Positive reinforcement is provided and language skills are encouraged.