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Tips for improving your child’s social skills

Tips for improving your child’s social skills

Some children find eye contact very difficult. Making that connection is really important:

Tips:

  1. Make sure you are face-to-face with your child and then begin your message.
  2. An idea is to get down to their level when you speak.
  3. Buy inexpensive glasses or fun, novelty glasses. You can ask the child to ‘look at your glasses’ – for some children it can be quite stressful for them to keep listening to the instruction of ‘look at me’, so adding a novelty element can help.

Another thing some children find difficult is sharing. It is important that they learn how to share, in order to communicate properly and effectively.

Children learn by example, so their sharing habits will be based on yours:

  1. Remember you are the first teacher of your child.
  2. Use daily opportunities for yourself to share with your child.
    – For example let’s share this cracker/cookie. Some for you and some for me.
    – We can share this cushion to sit on for our story.
    – We can share this book and look at it together.
  3. With this tip you are explaining what the word ‘share’ means and illustrating its      meaning. It is important to follow through on showing an example of
    sharing
    .

About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.