When talking about how to foster children’s socio-emotional development, we will naturally think about their social communication skills.
Social communication (also known as pragmatics) is the key to using language to interact with others. It is used for a variety of purposes, such as making requests, asking for more information, and making friends. It is one of the main areas of socio-emotional development and is used in multiple contexts across all ages.
As adults, we need to leverage social communication skills to successfully navigate job interviews, negotiations, responsibilities, as well as resolve conflicts or arguments. Children further apply social communication skills in group coursework, after-school activities, play dates and even when talking to someone unfamiliar.
So how can I tell if my child is facing social communication challenges?
One of the typical signs that may indicate a child is struggling with social communication is if they are not reaching the communication milestones for their age. Knowing which skills develop when can help us see if a child may need additional support.
Below, our Speech-Language Pathologist, Tiffany Chen, shares her Social Communication Milestone Checklist to help us better understand children’s social communication development.
Social Communication Milestone Checklist (Age 0-16)
AGE – PRAGMATICS
If you observe that your child does not meet the milestone(s) for his or her age, or if you are seeking an inclusive and supportive bilingual environment to promote your child’s socio-emotional wellbeing, join ELG’s Social Skills Group!
We help children to foster their confidence and a sense of achievement through meaningful group activities, enabling every learner to explore their full potential in the areas of:
sharing and turn-taking
Any family who is keen to develop their child’s socio-emotional, speech-language and sensory skills, as well asgain academic/social support outside of their child’s school or kindergarten, would benefit from this valuable social skills group that aims to help children establish positive and rewarding relationships with others.
Children will be grouped according to their age, language, ability, and needs. Target skills will be tailored to most benefit all group members. We commit to having a maximum of 6 members in each group and a high adult-to-child ratio (3 children to 1 adult) to ensure every child receives highly individualized attention and support.
Pragmatic Milestone Checklist adapted from