** PLEASE NOTE - CEs will be unavailable for this event
No one can dismiss the impact rusty social skills has had on all of us, especially our children. Calling it a missed year is an understatement. How can we expect our child to assimilate when they haven’t been practicing their social skills? What about the child who was shy, introverted or lonely before COVID? Academics are critical, yet we shortchange our children when we discount the importance of social connection. In this presentation, Caroline Maguire will share how you can support your child to (re)build important relationships with peers and adults. You will learn how to coach your child and teach them social skills including listening, managing emotions, being flexible and reading social cues. As with any other skill, if not practiced and used, social skills become rusty. Very young children may have forgotten how to even play or connect with people outside the home. Being with peers, trying things out, practicing, adapting and trying again are key aspects of social skills learning.
Participants will be able to:
- Observe their child(ren) to determine lagging skills and social challenges.
- Design tailored social skills building strategies at home.
- Learn how to work with their child in a manner that allows for collaboration and success.