Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training Techniques

There are many instances at social gatherings where children find themselves lost and do not know or, cannot relate to other children they meet. Yet they are expected to socialize and be sociable. Initiating friendly gestures or talk can be an unnatural and uncanny experience for some children. For these children who usually sit in a corner and play by themselves at social gatherings and events, it may not be that they are unsociable and social skills training can greatly help them to express their wants and needs so that they can interact with others more easily.The techniques used in social skills training differ according to the need of each child. At Cosmo Kids usually the issues to be dealt with are broken into smaller parts and each is taken up one at a time. For example, if a child needs to be more confident while conversing (or, behaving in general) in a gathering, he or she may start with communication skills training techniques like introduction, initiating friendly gestures, sharing, followed by thank you. There can be role playing as well. At the end of the session, children feel more confident and socially integrated.

 

What Is Social Skills Training

‘Social Skills’ (in the broad sense of the term) refers to the way people interact with others. A person lacking in social skill normally shy away from conversations, make no eye contact while conversing, and fidget and is restless when the interaction stays on beyond basic introduction level. In addition these children blurt out and exhibit inappropriate behaviors because they do not know how to relate in social settings. One can pass it off as general discomfort if it happens only once or, twice. But social skills training should be considered when such behavior is displayed frequently on all occasions.

 

Purpose of Social Skills Training

The purpose of social skills training is to develop a sense of confidence among children who suffer from communication difficulties. Such challenges may be a reflection of deeper mental and emotional issues that the child may be trying to deal with without the knowledge of others. Such issues may involve temperaments, school conflicts, family conflicts, social phobia, and so on. Training in social skills, therefore, is effective in providing intervention for these learning challenges, sometimes being successful in identifying them in early.