Social Skills

Conversation Skills

Conversation skills allow an individual to participate and maintain an interaction with others.

  • Listening
  • Starting a conversation
  • Taking turns
  • Asking questions
  • Being relevant
  • Repairing a conversation
  • Ending a conversation       
   

Body Language

Body language is an important skill for social interaction; in fact over 90 percent of how we communicate with others is conveyed through both body language and ‘how we talk’. Body language involves the appropriate use of;

  • Eye contact
  • Facial expression
  • Gesture
  • Distance
  • Touch
  • Posture

How we talk

How we talk refers to the elements of speech that help convey our message (that is, when you are excited your rate increases, when you are sad your volume decreases). It is important that these features match the verbal message you are trying to convey so that the listener does not become confused;

  • Volume
  • Rate
  • Clarity
  • Intonation (pitch of voice)
  • Fluency

 

Assertiveness

Assertiveness is the way an individual stands up for themselves and expresses their rights without impacting on the rights of others.

  • Expressing feelings
  • Standing up for themselves
  • Inappropriate refusals
  • Handling rejection
  • Apologising
  • Requesting to join in
  • Disagreeing 

 

What We Do for Children with Social Skills Difficulties

Our aim at Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre is to develop a child’s social interaction skills so that they can participate in their community (school, work). Our dedicated speech pathologists work on social skills in both individual therapy and group therapy.