Teaching your Child Social Skills Using Let’s Choose™ Interactive Card Game
Teaching your child Social Skills
Social Skill to be Learned: Wait. POSITIVE CHOICES & CONSEQUENCES (See choice card above on waiting.)
A parent can teach a child how to wait when mom or dad is on the phone, or talking with another adult or sibling, by showing the child the positive consequences that can occur from waiting.
These positive consequences include: earning a fun activity (like playing a game with a parent or going to the park), the child getting what he/she wanted, or feeling proud (I’m a big boy or girl, I can wait).
Parents can also model what a child could say to politely interrupt, or a parent could model the circumstances under which interrupting is appropriate. Also, parents should be cognizant of the length of time the child is able to wait depending on the child’s age.
TIP 1: From a speech-language perspective, Let’s Choose helps parents encourage not only good pragmatic (social) skills, but also, the appropriate sentence structure for asking and answering questions. Let’s Choose also helps children with vocabulary so that children and parents can talk about behaviors (excitement or anger) as they occur.
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