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Wayne L. Klein, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adults; Couples & Individual Psychotherapy Offices in Franklin, MA & Spaulding Center for Children, Sandwich, MA
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Social Skills

 

Social skills involve the ability to behave with others in a manner that produces positive outcomes. Social skills (also called social intelligence) will often have a greater impact on quality of life than academic intelligence.

 

Leadership skills are grounded in well-developed social skills

Factors contributing to social skills:

Automatic Modules:

 

-Ability to read emotion

-Ability to feel empathy


These automatic or intuitive functions may not be working in children and adults with:

Autism, Asperger's or PDD

&

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

 

Learned Skills:

 

-Active Listening

 

-Compromising

 

-Ability to be assertive without being aggressive

 

-Constructive criticism

 

-Praising

 

-Calming

-Motivating others

 

Temperament,parenting skills & factors such as anxiety or depression may slow or prevent their practice or acquisition

Self Regulation:

 

-Not being impulsive enough to become intrusive, aggressive or annoying, yet being spontaneous and genuine


 

Many neuorbehavioral conditions affect self-regulation. In children, the most common is ADHD.