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Why do my children need to learn social skills?

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Why do my children need to learn social skills?

Children need to learn social and emotional skills early on because they help them make friends and do well as adults. As they grow, kids learn how to get along with others. Children with well-developed social skills can make friends, talk about themselves, and read and act on nonverbal cues.

“Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school work and life success.” - Committee for Children

How do I know how to help my child with social skills at each age?

Children display a wide variety of social signs at various ages. Typically, children exhibit a range of developmental skills according to their age. While a child's pace of growth and development may differ from one to the next, there are typical changes that occur at each age:

  • Two-Three years of age: They have a great time interacting with other kids. They are capable of showing compassion, empathy, and genuine concern for a friend in a variety of situations. Sharing may occur and may not occur in certain situations.💓
  • Three-Four years of age: A child this age can work with kids the same age. They might also talk about what they like and don't like. Sharing is consistent and inconsistent at times.🤼
  • Four to five years of age: Kids this age follow rules more times than not and demonstrate greater independence. Sharing is very consistent, as well as empathy for others. 🧸
  • Five to Six years of age: From the age of five to six, children should be able to follow daily routines, take turns, and understand directions. Sharing, empathy and communication is improving but still developing in certain situations.🧑‍🤝‍🧑

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