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We live in a social world and children need the tools necessary to adapt in a world that requires social interaction. These skills help children to succeed socially, emotionally, academically and mentally. Parents and teachers should be aware of the signs and the diagnoses associated with social skills difficulty. They also need more practical tools and strategies to help children both identify social skills and improve their social interactions. By offering social skills coaching as an avenue of early intervention it is our goal to equip caregivers with the necessary tools to learn, identify and implement strategies that will benefit young children’s social and emotional development.

Recent research shows disturbing rates of expulsion in preschool and kindergarten, which has fueled efforts to promote social skills development (Gilliam & Shahar, 2006). Research has also found that interpersonal skills are important for peer acceptance and social adjustment throughout childhood and adolescence (Masten et al., 2005).

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Let's Get Social: Practical Strategies to Help Teachers & Parents Encourage Social Skills Development

We live in a social world and children need the tools necessary to adapt in a world that requires social interaction. These skills help children to succeed socially, emotionally, academically and mentally. Parents and teachers should be aware of the signs and the diagnoses associated with social skills difficulty. They also need more practical tools and strategies to help children both identify social skills and improve their social interactions. By offering social skills coaching as an avenue of early intervention it is our goal to equip caregivers with the necessary tools to learn, identify and implement strategies that will benefit young children’s social and emotional development.

Recent research shows disturbing rates of expulsion in preschool and kindergarten, which has fueled efforts to promote social skills development (Gilliam & Shahar, 2006). Research has also found that interpersonal skills are important for peer acceptance and social adjustment throughout childhood and adolescence (Masten et al., 2005).