Teaching kids to help others fit in socially



December 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

While I’m away, readers give the advice.


On supporting a socially awkward child: The main approach these days is to offer social-skills intervention to kids with the difficulties — to try to fix the kid, in other words, to better fit in. While there certainly is a benefit to them, particularly for kids with severe impairments, when it comes to getting subtle social interactions right, there’s really only so far these interventions can go. The kid is still going to be seen as different by his or her peers. And the more subtle the issues are, the harder they are to address.