Some people don’t naturally and intuitively understand how to use and understand language in social situations, perhaps because of an autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, or lack of exposure. Really, don’t we have have some level of awkwardness in one situation or another?
Parents, you can help build social communication skills in your child with the tips in this 3 part series by making them age-appropriate for your child.
Explain the meanings in figures of speech because people with social communication difficulty may take things very literally. Explain the things that people say that don’t mean what it seems i.e. “Kill two birds with one stone” or “fly by night”.
Haven’t we all 🤔 at these sayings at some point?
You can explain or learn how empathy works: the hows and whys of other people’s social communication. For example, it is polite to say “hello how are you” before asking for something, or why someone may have a worried feeling. Social stories are great for allllllll of that.
Bonus recommendation! Work with professionals who specialize in social communication and all things sensory: Speech language pathologist, early interventionist/play therapy, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and various programs in your area.