Keys to Socialization and Sharing
1. Teach Kids to Be Good Listeners
Teach kids “Whole Body Listening” so that they are good conversational partners. This involves what their hands, mouths, eyes, etc are doing while listening. Using visuals like ones in this Erica Bohrer’s link to demonstrate this in a way that children are able to understand. ( source: TeachersPayTeachers by Erica Bohrer).
2. Teach Social Interactions Through Play
Make a game of it. A Charades-like game can be played using cards with social
interactions on them such as “Ask a friend about her vacation” or “Make a phone call to Grandma”. Make sure that you model the appropriate interaction in each turn. Point out what the child did well and if/how they can improve the “interaction”. The same game can be played with problem solving. Use cards with scenarios such as “You see a child push another child on the playground, what can you say or do?” or “Someone takes the crayons you are coloring with, what can you say or do?”. Provide the child with a variety of appropriate responses and strategies to use and help them to decide when to use each one. Using dolls or action figures to role-play these scenarios can be helpful as
3. Teach a Variety of Social Skills Lessons Through Books
There are tons of great books out there with embedded social skills lessons that kids already know and love. Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bear books are great for this!
Especially if you have a particular scenario in mind that you would like to facilitate with your child. Some examples are: The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners, The Berenstain Bears and The Golden Rule, Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, etc. A great book to target sharing specifically is: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share.
4. Seek Help and Resources
If you feel that your child is struggling to learn and use social skills and it is interfering with their daily life and routines seek the advice of a Speech-Language Pathologist. Social Groups and social skills therapeutic intervention may be helpful in assisting with the development of these skills.