Help Your Child So­cialise

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kids -

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.

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