Developing Socialization Skills in Children with Special Needs

Socialization is an integral part of a child’s development. This prepares him for his role in the society and lets him operate and move successfully in the world he lives in. His socialization and interaction during his tender years will determine the kind of social relationship he will have when he becomes an adult.

Making friends and participating in social activities is important to a growing child, but how about children with special needs and special abilities? Their condition must not spare them from developing social relationship with the people around them. For one, interaction creates a positive impact to them psychologically and makes them feel a sense of belonging.

Due to widespread information about special abilities like autism, Down syndrome, and similar conditions, people are becoming more and more aware of the facts and misconception of children with special needs and it is not as hard anymore to introduce them to the society.

Parents must take advantage of this. If your child attends a regular school, request the teacher if she could extend a small effort to encourage other kids to let your child to participate in games and other activities. This way, your child is exposed to new things beyond his zone. You may participate in organisations that handle similar conditions.

Plan a “day out” for the kids and encourage fellow parents to organize the same in a regular manner. Apart from social activities, teach your child on how to interact with people. A simple “hello” to the neighbour, a handshake, initiating conversation, smiling, and similar acts go a long way in his social skills. His interpersonal skills will make them realize that he can be treated as a normal person despite his special needs.

In developing socialization, the most important factor is to let him go out of his comfort zone as he enjoys and learns from the people he interacts with. As a parent, you should not hide his condition and instead, allow him to participate in your activities and be surrounded with people like a normal child. He will learn a lot from it and will adapt actions and even make sound decisions in the long run.

Teaching socialization to children with special needs may be a chore, but like any other endeavour, it just takes few adjustments in the beginning but all flows well if done confidently and in a regular basis.

More about


Top Posts | Special Education

special education

Cameras in Special Education Classroom - Texas New Law

Parents with kids that have special needs are always concerned for them, especially when they are in school. A new law has been passed stating that cameras can be installed in special education classrooms.The Texas government recently announced a new law that requires every special education classr ...

Special Education Program for Students a Grand Success

Parents and teachers as well as the government give emphasis to the importance of education. That is why a special education program was created for students; this extended education service program by the Special Education Department catered to about 59 students during the summer. These students p ...

Austin Special Education Focus Widens

Special needs children are an integral part of our world. Contrary to common belief, special need children are capable of learning new things through education. A notable increase in the attendance of these students in special education classes throughout Austin has been seen, which shows that the ...

Sex Ed for Special Needs Students Receives an Upgrade

Special education services provide vital academic aid to children with special needs. However, some parts of these education services are not as substantial as others. For example, sexual education classes are rarely catered to students with special needs. That’s why a school district in Mich ... ...

Lemont High School Leads in Special Education

It is not an easy job to educate young children and help shape their futures. Only teachers and parents can understand the problems faced with this challenge. The situation gets even tougher when the children in question are ones with physical or mental disabilities. This is not because these child ...

Ten Basic Special Education Steps

Children with disabilities need special attention. It is the responsibility of parents, guardians, teachers -- and sometimes even peers and friends -- to look out for any indications that a child needs this attention. For instance, if your child is having or causing trouble at school, it ... ...

Camera Monitoring of Special Education Classrooms

Children are the same everywhere. They have to be cared for, made to feel important and encouraged to be independent, no matter where they are. This is especially true in the case of special needs children, who have some sort of disability holding them back in this world.This is why special educati ...

Is California Ready for a Special Education Evolution?

California is one of the USA’s economic hubs. In some areas, it exudes progress like on matters related to cultural diversity and race relations. But in other areas, like its history in regards to educating special needs children is somewhat appalling.Experts Say Yes to Special Education Refo ... ...

A Typical Day of an Autistic Child

Autistic children like a structured routine. We can understand that from few examples.You take a particular route to their school daily and for some reason you take a different route one day. That is sure to make them throw a tantrum. As they are not always vocal, it is very difficult for young par ...