Signs your child may have challenges with Social Skills (including, but not limited to):
Requires prompts to initiate play with peers
Uses poor eye contact
Lacks awareness of personal space
Has difficulty making or keeping friends
Hits, kicks or bites peers
Struggles to see others’ perspectives
(it is always someone else’s fault)
What is it?
Social skills are required to build and maintain positive relationships with peers. A child must be able to initiate conversation, maintain attention to peers, stay on-topic with conversations, understand peers’ perspectives of situations, and read non-verbal cues.
Children with sensory processing difficulties have additional challenges in social situations and may not be able to recognize appropriate personal space or maintain eye contact. These children often overreact within social situations and become aggressive with or avoid peers while in a “fight or flight” state.