Social skills

Difficulties with social skills or relating to others can be caused by a variety of different problems. Examples of social skills difficulties include:

  • Talking too much, or too little
  • Sharing information in inappropriate ways
  • Relying on adults to get information
  • Not understanding facial expressions or body language
  • Being overly literal and not getting riddles and sarcasm
  • Withdrawing from conversations with peers
  • Preferring to talk to adults rather than own peers
  • Has little interest in social interactions
  • Goes off-topic or monopolises conversations
  • Doesn’t adapt language to different situations or people
  • Doesn’t give background information when speaking to an unfamiliar person
  • Doesn’t know how to properly greet people, request information or gain attention

Speech pathologists can help with social skills, as they have expertise in social communication, speech and language development, learning and cognitive abilities, and play skills. A speech pathologist can provide diagnostic assessments to determine the nature of your child’s difficulties. They can also use developmental and social interactive interventions in the child’s natural environment. These interventions are supported by the implementation of visual aids and strategies to enhance the child’s communication, social, behavioural, and play skills in all facets of his or her life.

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in assessing and managing social skills in children and adolescents: