Having a social life is just as important for children as it is for adults, but some children have social difficulties. While parents and educators may understand how to resolve the physical or mental difficulties that children have, they may never have heard about the ways to improve socialization. A child can have one or more issues that affect socialization, and in many cases, it takes a team of experts to identify the different problems.
One: Having an Autism Spectrum Disorder
There are many types of autism spectrum disorders, including:
• Childhood disintegrative disorder
• Pervasive development disorder
• Rett syndrome
• Asperger’s syndrome
Children with autism display poor communication, leading to isolation from their peers. In addition, children with this disorder may repeat behaviors such as clapping their hands. Early diagnosis and remediation is vital to help the children with an autism spectrum disorder learn better ways to behave and communicate in classrooms and in social situations.
Two: A Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurological condition that causes children to act impulsively or inappropriately, making it difficult to interact with classmates. The majority of children with this condition are males who are diagnosed after beginning school. These children often have emotional outbursts or uncontrollable energy along with poor listening skills. After a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is in kindergarten, they can begin behavioral therapy and are often given prescription medications. As children reach adolescence, they are encouraged to use coping skills rather than medication to control their impulsive behavior.
Three: Social Anxiety in Children
Some children have a natural tendency toward shyness and want to enjoy activities in isolation. For parents who are outgoing, the concept of shyness is difficult to understand, but it is simply one of the many personality traits that make each person unique. Forcing a shy child to become involved in activities they do not enjoy that requires socialization leads to more anxiety. Instead of taking a shy child to a place with large groups of children, arrange one-on-one play dates with a child who has a similar personality.