Your child may not understand the social norms
and rules that come more naturally to other children. Provide clear
explanations of why certain behaviors are expected, and teach rules for those
Encourage your child to learn how to interact with
people and what to do when spoken to, and explain why it is important. Give
lots of praise, especially when he or she uses a social skill without
Practice activities, such as games or
question-and-answer sessions, that call for taking turns or putting yourself in
the other person's place.
Help your child understand others'
feelings by role-playing and watching and discussing human behaviors seen in
movies or on television. Provide a model for your child by telling him or her
about your own feelings and reactions to those feelings.
your child how to read and respond appropriately to social cues. Give him or
her "stock" phrases to use in various social situations, such as when being
introduced. You can also teach your child how to interact by
Foster involvement with others, especially if your
child tends to be a loner.
Teach your child about public and
private places, so that he or she learns what is appropriate in both
circumstances. For example, hugging may not be appropriate at school but is
usually fine at home.