Social Skills for Kids & Teens

 

Social skills are important for nearly every aspect of our lives. The way we communicate, both with words and body language, tells others a lot about us. Children and adolescents may struggle with social skills for a variety of reasons. Social anxiety can make it difficult for children to initiate conversations, form and maintain friendships, and can result in withdrawal from activities. Children with autism spectrum disorder or Aspergers syndrome can have difficulty detecting and reading social cues and struggle with the normal back-and-forth of conversation. Children with ADHD may interrupt their peers, have trouble maintaining a comfortable distance from others, and may have difficulty listening in conversations. Even children and teens with no diagnosable mental disorder can struggle with social skills. 

 

Our counselors and psychologists can help by working with your child to build their self-esteem and confidence as well as address any underlying issues such as depression or anxiety. We will use a warm, didactic approach with your child to teach social skills as well as practice them in role-playing sessions. Parents will be involved to the extent that they will practice the new skills with their children along with providing encouragement and reinforcement. 

 

Some of the skills we may address with your child or teen include:

 

  • Introducing oneself to a new person

  • Nonverbal social skills such as eye contact, social smiling, and welcoming body posture

  • Selecting and using the tone of voice that is appropriate to the situation

  • Learning to recognize sarcasm and gentle teasing and learning that these can be forms of affection

  • Learning to distinguish between gentle teasing and bullying

  • How to handle interpersonal conflicts

  • Professional social skills such as interviewing for a job and appropriate workplace behavior

  • Communication skills such as paraphrasing, summarizing, clarifying, and empathic statements

  • Reducing anxiety

  • Reducing negative statements

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115 Kildaire Park Dr Ste 313

Cary, NC 27518​

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Convenient to Raleigh, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and Garner, in Wake County NC

 

Phone:  919.600.4906

Fax:      888.887.6361

Email: info@etheridgepsychology.com

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