Social Strategies

Some children with executive functioning challenges also suffer from a handicap that isolates them from others.  Boys and girls with social cognition weaknesses seem immature and seem to lack good judgment at times.  They may be  less sensitive to the needs of others.  As a result, they are rejected by their peers, and their social relationships seem “out of synch.”   Numerous children can have social challenges and only a few of them have Autism Spectrum Disorders like Asperger’s Syndrome.  Many struggle with severe impulsivity and therefore have poor “filters” for what they say and do.  These children can be helped through patience, understanding, and structured teaching in the strategies for real-life social interactions.

In this series of social strategy articles, Dr. Davenport suggests ways parents and teachers can better understand and help children improve their skills in five different social areas.


Starting Up Relationships

Making Friendships

What does it take to be a friend?

Keeping up relationships

Maintaining Friendships

Self Disclosure

Active Listening

Asking Questions

Manners Matter

Parties and Other Social Situations

Talking too much or too little

Manners in the Classroom

Speaking and Understanding Social Language

Expressions and clichés

Voice Volume

Voice Inflection

Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time to the Right Person

Body Language

Understanding the Effects of Mood and Behavior

Dealing with Disagreements

Tempers and Stress

Impulsiveness and Perseveration



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