Pediatric Therapy Corner: 5 Steps to Promote Social Interaction for Young Children
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One of the goals of early childhood education is to encourage social interaction and communication among the children. When a child with a disability participates in an inclusive setting, social competence is foundational for peer relationships and learning. Inclusive classrooms are an excellent location to begin to foster these skills. Teachers and therapists need effective, evidence-based strategies to facilitate social skills. Here are 5 steps to promote social interaction for young children.
Child Choice – Observe what the child prefers during free play time. Look for what activities the child engages with the most. Find peers who also enjoy these activities who might be a good match to increase social interaction. If the child is not engaging in an activity, then find a preferred activity to offer next that may be more motivating.
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