Play and Social Communication

Does Your Child Have Difficulty Playing and Interacting with Others?

You may have heard the saying: “Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.” There is no doubt that play is a big part of the foundation on which a child can grow many essential skills including social skills and develop meaningful relationships / friendships and find their own way of engaging with the world around them. If your child struggles to engage in meaningful play, they may find it difficult to develop more complex language and communication skills and find it hard to understand societal ‘rules’.

Social communication skills, also known as pragmatics, align closely with play and help children use the right ‘rules’ and language within social situations. If your child struggles to engage in appropriate social interactions, they may find it hard to form relationships with others, communicate with peers and work within a group.

A Growing Understanding works with children and their families to overcome challenges associated with social communication difficulties.

Our individualised therapy programs include ongoing parent support and education, and are specifically designed to:

  • Tap into your child’s interests, skills, and challenges to develop appropriate goals associated with social skill development.
  • Help your child build confidence and an understanding of how to interact with and appropriately respond to both familiar and unfamiliar people in their lives.
  • Utilise games and play to role-paly and demonstrate various social situations and interactions.
  • Support parents and provide at-home activities to help build your child’s understanding of societal ‘rules’ and model appropriate behaviours.
  • Work with teachers and educators to support your child’s social skill development within the school setting.
  • Celebrate your child’s success and encourage them to make friends and join in.

What to Look Out for with Play and Social Communication Skill Difficulties

  • Does your child have difficulty playing on their own and constantly demands adult attention?
  • Does your child find it hard to make friends and/or approach peers?
  • Does your child require adult assistance to solve problems?
  • Does your child engage in limited or very repetitive activities like running in the one spot, or pushing a car on one part of the play road?
  • Does your child dominate conversations and find it hard to listen and pay attention?
  • Does your child have difficulty understanding a different point of view?
  • Does your child have difficulty interpreting tone of voice?

Remember, every child develops at their own pace, but if you are concerned, talk to us today. Our friendly team of experienced speech pathologists are here to guide you through your concern and help you take the best next step.