Recognize the Issue
Social skills challenges can present in children, teens and adults.
For children, having a best friend, attending birthday parties and sleepovers are routine for a lot of children, however, some children struggle to do these ‘everyday’ things. Many children wish desperately to play with other kids and make friends, yet keep making mistakes that lead them to be ‘left out.’ Some children are withdrawn from others, and do not even know how to begin. The outcome of weak social skills can be exclusion, rejection and even bullying.
Social skills problems among adolescents and adults can have a severe impact on quality of life. Certainly the person’s ability to make and keep friends is important, yet social skills can impact our education and work success as well. Individuals with weak social problem solving skills may have fewer opportunities to advance. For example, a teen may have great SATs but does miserably at a college interview. An adult may find that he or she is not able to advance because of communication problems with clients or co-workers.
The good news is that social skills difficulties are treatable. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Northern Virginia office.
Understand the Possible Causes
Support Services: What can you do?
Social development begins in the child’s first years of life and is a lifelong process. If your child is not socialized or is having difficulty socially engaging, it is important to understand the root cause of the problem. There may be a number of reasons, anxiety, depression, ADHD, or temperament. Early intervention will allow your child to develop socially throughout the lifespan.
There are so many adults who continue to suffer with anxiety, fear, and sadness related to their communication skills. They are not in positive relationships and not enjoying their work. Whatever the root cause, there are excellent treatments available. If the problem is at school, our clinicans can come on-site to observe what is happening during a student’s day. Our clinicians can consult with teachers and school professionals to offer strategies to improve a child’s social relationships at school.
- Therapy Services
- Developmental Testing
- Emotional Testing
- Comprehensive Testing
- On-Site School Consultation and Advocacy
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Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss how social skills difficulties can be addressed in children, teens, and adults.