5 Tips to Help Your Child with Special Needs Make Friends
Help Your Child with Special Needs Make Friends
Friendship is a beautiful gift that makes life feel richer, sweeter, and celebratory. People of all ages benefit from having amicable relationships with others and children, especially those with special needs, may need some extra help in developing such meaningful friendships with their peers. Let these five tips help you help your kiddo increase their circle of friends.
1. Ask the right questions
Asking questions like “why?” and “are we there yet?” tends to come natural to children. Actively work with your kid to improve upon this instinctive skill and help them learn to ask the right kinds of questions to start and carry on conversations. A role playing game where you take turns being an investigative journalist could be a fun way to connect with your child and help them learn this valuable social skill.
2. Make eye contact to show interest
Strong eye contact is an invaluable skill that will benefit your child throughout their life. By honing this nonverbal communication skill, your child will be able to improve their conversations with their peers and help them show interest when applicable. Staring contests and gentle coaching can serve as fun, non-direct-training opportunities.
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