Social Communication Begins at Home In response to the article on “Social Communication” in the Nov. 4 issue, I offer some further thoughts on the development of social communication (conversation) skills, which should and can start in the home. Parents and siblings have the opportunity to converse with one another at mealtimes when all are ... Inbox
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  • Beverly B. Rosenstein, Hillsdale, New Jersey
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Social Communication Begins at Home
The ASHA Leader, February 2009, Vol. 14, 46. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.14022009.46
The ASHA Leader, February 2009, Vol. 14, 46. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.14022009.46
In response to the article on “Social Communication” in the Nov. 4 issue, I offer some further thoughts on the development of social communication (conversation) skills, which should and can start in the home.
Parents and siblings have the opportunity to converse with one another at mealtimes when all are assembled. Relating events of the day or mentioning personal needs can be met with appropriate attention under the direction of parents, who hopefully display good manners, because good manners in all aspects of human behavior influence social communication.
Children, we know, are imitators and examples of courteous discourse and are the responsibility of parents and in school, the teachers.
Children should be encouraged to join clubs and athletic teams that foster social interplay. For very young children there are activity games that can demonstrate acceptable social behavior such as “How Do You Do, My Partner?” and the popular activity “show and tell.”
A salient factor that should be considered when addressing and/or planning intervention to develop social communication skills is that not everyone has the same personality or communicates in the same way.
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