Is your child struggling more than ever with turn taking skills, engaging with others, friendship skills, etc.? Do you worry about your child's social skills taking a dive due to school closures and pandemic quarantines? Well, you are not along special families.
In our recent interview with Dr. Katherine McKernan, SLPD, M.A. CCC-SLP, we learned three tips to supporting our children's social skills at home:
1. Set Goals: Be specific. What do you want your child to be more successful with? Involve older children in this goal setting process.
2. Use Self-Talk: A naturalistic strategy that can be used all day long. Talk out loud about your own thoughts, feelings, and decisions as related to the goal that you're focusing on with your child.
3. Normalize all Feelings: Sometimes children with social language challenges experience their feelings more often or more intensely. Help them to understand that all feelings are okay.
Want to learn more? Check out the latest episode of our video podcast, Thriving Special Families, available on YouTube and Facebook Live...
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For more information, contact Dr. Katherine McKernan, SLPD, M.A. CCC-SLP, North Star Speech and Language Pathology Center.
Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP is an Educational Consultant, IEP & Autism Advocate and Speech-Language Pathologist. She is also the host of inspiring podcasts, Thriving Special Families and Thriving Autism Families! Her passion is advocating STRONG alongside fellow Autism and other fellow parents of neurodiverse children, helping them to persistently pursue what their children deserve at school. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and two children in San Diego, CA.