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
Keeping up relationships
Speaking and Understanding Social Language
Understanding the Effects of Mood and Behavior
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