"I would tell anybody to come here so that they could have more friends."
Many children encounter difficulties in acquiring and using social skills and not limited to children with learning and language differences. Intelligence and grades alone do not lead to success in life. Instead, getting along with others and the ability to form friendships are associated with success in life. Friendships shape personality and mental health.
Children with language, learning, social skills, and social-problem solving deficits encounter multiple challenges:
- Being rejected by peers and teachers, and even by parents, often unintentionally
- Making positive statements about people and interpreting social situations
- Confusing and understanding facial expressions and other nonverbal communications
The most critical aspect of social development is shaping social skills through direct instruction, feedback, and coaching that is afforded to each child in real-time to assist in learning to regulate their affect. The program also addresses the far-reaching issues of bullying. We explore a bullying curriculum to teach children to consult with others and to empower our children to identify, address, navigate, and be proactive in bullying situations.