Help Your Child Socialise
Katy Harris, social and behavioural therapist from
Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre, gives tips on how
to help your kids feel at ease at social gatherings. 1 HELP THEM FEEL IN CONTROL If you’re having guests at home, Katy says: “Talk to your kids about it a few days earlier. They may not feel comfortable sharing their space and toys. Let them decide which toys to put away and which to share – it gives them a sense of control.” They’re more likely to be welcoming this way. 2 GIVE THEM A BREAK This is a socialising timeout. “For younger kids, this might mean returning to their ‘safe spot’ – on your knee or beside you,” says Katy. These breaks help kids handle social interactions better as they won’t feel overwhelmed by the sudden attention from people they hardly meet.
3 WORK AROUND THEIR COMFORT
LEVEL “If he’s shy and can only manage to smile at others for the first 15 minutes, leave him be. After that, ask gently if he feels comfortable about answering questions from others. Perhaps later, he’ll warm up enough to chat with someone on his own,” says Katy.