Social Skills Youth

Why do some adolescents have difficulty with social skills?

Adolescents may feel socially awkward, especially around their peers. Most adolescents are worried about peer approval and acceptance. Children lack the life experience to respond appropriately in new social situations. As adolescents mature, they increasingly improve their ability to read body language and respect personal space, as well as understand and express sarcasm and social humor.

Social immaturity, anxiety, or late identification of Asperger’s syndrome should be considered as possible causes for poor social skills. Regardless of the label or diagnosis, interpersonal skills may be improved with intervention and guidance.

What social skills should be developed during the teen years?

Adolescents should be able to enter conversations with appropriate eye contact, body language, and verbal skills, and they should be able to gracefully exit a group. They should be able to maintain a conversation and use appropriate turn-taking skills. They should be able to express emotions, opinions, and thoughts through the use of nonverbal and verbal language.

Some children acquire social skills naturally, while others struggle.

How does Granite Bay Speech help develop social skills?

By offering sessions to role play and refine social skills.

When should I become concerned about weak social skills?

Social skills are a matter of degree, and sometimes it’s difficult to determine if maturity will resolve the concerns or if further guidance is needed. Social skills can cause a child to become withdrawn and isolated, thus further diminishing his chances of gaining needed social experiences.

Children with language disorders are at higher risk for poor social skills because they may not understand puns, idioms, riddles, jokes, sarcasm, and slang. They may not understand when to use adult language and when to use adolescent vocabulary and expressions. Acquiring adequate social skills is often the basis for establishing lifelong social and occupational goals.

A call to discuss your concerns with one of our staff is suggested. We may provide checklists and suggestions to alleviate concerns. At other times, a child may be enrolled in individual sessions to role play and refine social skills.

Social Skills Groups