Social Skills

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Social Skills


Social skills are innately learned through play and adult/child interaction as a child develops. A child with delayed social skills may present with difficulty on the following tasks: responding to his/her name, following simple directions, participating in pretend play, participating in group activities, making eye contact, participating in reciprocal conversation and play, transitioning between activities, and participating in simple conversations. We provide opportunities to pair similar children with social skills deficits within our offices. We also take our older patients on community outings to work on advanced social skills in real-life situations, such as grocery shopping.


​Birth – 3 Months

Looks at his own hands, sucks on fingers, learns to be comforted and soothed by adults, responds to touch, enjoys social stimulation and smiling at people

3 – 6 Months

Smiles, laughs, plays peek-a-boo, and look when his name is said

6 – 9 Months

Expresses a number of emotions (happy, sad, fear, discomfort), show frustration when a toy is taken away, begins to distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar people

9 – 12 Months

Imitates simple actions, expresses anxiety when separated from caregivers; self-regulates, manipulates and explores objects

1 – 2 Years

Engages and initiates in play related to their own body (sleeping, eating, etc.), recognizes herself in mirrors, plays independently, starts trying to help, expresses negative emotions, becomes more self-assertive

2 – 3 Years

Demonstrates a personal preference about toys, foods, activities, starts saying “no”, uses objects symbolically (pretend to drink from an empty cup, feed baby, etc.)

3 – 4 Years

Follows directions, shares toys, begins engaging in pretend play

4 – 5 Years

Enjoys imaginative play, becomes more aware of feelings, develop friendships, understands positive vs. negative behaviors

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