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By Kristin Stanberry
If you realize your child's learning difficulty is hampering his social interactions, there are many ways you can guide him toward better social skills. Try practicing the three R's: Provide social skills instruction that is relevant, deals with real-life, and delivered in real-time. That means watching for teachable moments to coach your child in his interactions with others and doing so right away (or soon after). Focus on specific behaviors. Offer prompts before your child acts, and praise him for positive interactions. Additional suggestions:
Kids with learning problems are at risk for low self-esteem. Helping them become socially competent can go a long way to bolster their self confidence. Furthermore, a child with good social skills will have an easier time advocating for himself - whether he's asking a teacher for specific help or deflecting teasing from a classmate. We all face social situations around the clock - at home, school, and in other settings. Helping your child overcome his social challenges is a gift he will benefit from throughout his life.
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