Social skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with others. They include both verbal communication with words and greetings, and non-verbal communication such as gestures, body language, and eye contact.
Social skill is a big part of a child's routine. It helps us connect with others and build meaningful relationships. Many children may master the language basics of greetings, taking turns in conversations, and responding appropriately, however they may still have difficulty making friends, engaging in play with peers, sharing toys, and more.
At OM Therapy we believe that it is the understanding of how our behavior makes others feel that drives us to behave as expected in social situations.
We teach socially accepted appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. This in turn can affect our ability to develop friendships and other relationships, which can affect confidence and self-esteem, and lead to further unexpected behaviors.
An OT can incorporate various techniques to improve your child’s social skills; by teaching, coaching, social groups, community integration and more. Many children make real connections with peers for the first time, and successfully generalize these skills to the playground.
These are common difficulties we see and through task analysis and the medium of play, we can help children identify and improve these skills.