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Activities to Help Your Child with Social Skills

It’s not uncommon for children with cerebral palsy to have some developmental difficulties with their social skills. Social interaction can become increasingly challenging if your child has problems with their speech, which can be a major blockage when learning to socialise with others.

Cerebral palsy can hinder social skills such as empathy and consistent interaction, both vital to making social bonds with others. Growing up with cerebral palsy can be difficult for children, but with the help of the whole family, there are a few simple activities you can participate in to help their social skills develop.

One-to-One Interaction

Spending some quality time with your child can encourage good ‘one-on-one’ conversational practises.

Encouraging your child to maintain good, solid eye contact and read your facial expressions and emotions during conversation, will promote more interpersonal interaction and greater empathy for others.

Sports and Arts

Sports programmes have really progressed over the last few decades, meaning that children of all abilities are now able to participate in most activities that able-bodied children can. Sports programmes can be of real benefit to parents who want their child to participate in new opportunities and experiences, whilst interacting with other children. Swimming, cycling and indoor sports are all ideal for children with cerebral palsy, depending on their level of development. If your child is interested in a particular sport, then take some time researching how they could get involved in a local sports team or summer school.

Games

Simple games such as role-play, storytelling, and memory games can really impact on a child’s social skills. Children with social skills deficits can often find it difficult to read others facial expressions, so play games such as ‘emotion charades’ where they have to act out and recognise different feelings and emotions.

Play

Playgroup and playground settings are great opportunities for interaction. These settings are perfect for encouraging positive social contributions and helping your child to overcome shyness.

Participating in these types of activities with your child will not only be of great benefit to their social skills, but parents often find that they can end up having a positive effect on their motor skills at the same time.

To find out how we could help you with the day-to-day difficulties of caring for a disabled child, get in touch with a member of our specialist department today.

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