Social Skills

Social skills are closely related to communication – it’s harder to be social unless we have some way to communicate with others. But even people who can talk very well can struggle socially.

Good social skills involves some extra abilities, which include:

  • Being calm when other people are around – some children feel overwhelmed and anxious in social settings
  • Having an interest in what other people do or say
  • Understanding that other people have a point of view which might be different to your own
  • Reading people’s non-verbal cues, such as body language and tone of voice
  • Being able to wait your turn, and pass the turn on to someone else
  • Knowing what to do when a conversation gets stuck or breaks down – for example, when someone misunderstands what you say
  • Understanding sarcasm
  • Knowing how to start and stop a conversation

At Plumtree, we create opportunities for children to learn social skills in social settings. Some of the ways we do this are:

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