“I don’t know what is wrong with my child. They can’t seem to make or keep friends, and we don’t know what to do.”
A quick intro to Social Thinking®.
Beginning with babies.
Social Thinking® is a part of our social and emotional intelligence. It’s constantly evolving and growing from birth. In the same way babies are born with the ability to learn, they are also born to interact with the people around them. One of the earliest signs of social intelligence is a babies’ ability to attend to a face. And we have all encountered that look at some point.
Here is a lovely example
From problem solving to empathy
By age one, children are able to follow the eyes of their parents to predict what may happen next. Between the ages of four and five, many children are able to problem solve, cooperate, engage in pretend play with peers, take direction from teachers and work as a part of a group. By adolescence, children are able to understand their own and other’s emotions, develop empathy and deeper social relationships.
An individual with a strong social mind has sound Social Thinking® skills. These skills allow a person to understand another’s emotions and intentions. A person with a strong social mind can interpret what people mean and what their expectations are.
Not all of us are born with a strong social mind.
And that’s okay. The important thing to remember is that this is can be a learned skill, and to an extent we’re all hard wired to do some Social Thinking®.
Plus, we’re here to help.
Social Thinking® lessons are fun and engaging. Your child will undoubtedly enjoy the journey. And, given the opportunity to engage with peers experiencing similar Social Thinking® hurtles and some practice, getting to the goal is entirely achievable. Likewise, the benefits of the lessons are tangible. Your child will walk away from the experience with a stronger social mind, a great deal more confidence in social situations, and perhaps even gather a few new friends along the way.
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