The definition of socialization is for the child to learn new skills that enable him to fit into society. Children who are skilled at social interaction tend to be more confident of their own ability and social attributes.

The single best childhood predictor of adult adaptation is not IQ, school grades or classroom behaviour, but rather the adequacy with which the child gets along with other children.

Children who are generally disliked, who are aggressive and disruptive, are usually children who are unable to sustain relationships with other children, and who cannot establish a place for themselves in peer culture; they are seriously at risk (Hartup 1992).

A 2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.

EXCERPT FROM SOCIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES CHECKLIST

Individual attributes

The child

  • Is usually in a positive mood
  • Is not excessively dependent on the teacher, assistant or other adults.
  • Usually comes to the program or setting willingly
  • Usually copes with rebuffs and reverses adequately
  • Shows the capacity to empathize.
  • Has positive relationship with one or two peers, shows capacity to really care about them, miss them if absent etc.
  • Displays the capacity for humour.
  • Does not seem to be acutely or chronically lonely