There are many reasons why some children struggle making friends. By understanding the source of these difficulties and your child's current level of social development, you can set the stage for successful peer interactions. Dr. Dan shows how assessment of social development guides "just-right" social challenges.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    An overview of social difficulty

    • Course introduction

    • Primary causes of social difficulty

    • When social difficulty is secondary

    • Overall strategy

  • 2

    Functional assessment of social development

    • Functional assessment of social development

    • Structure (Dependence)

    • Familiarity

    • Warm-up time

    • Competence/Interest

    • Play skills

    • Partner

    • Group size

    • Duration

    • Sharing

    • Social awareness and social skills

    • Flexibility

    • EQ

    • Temple Grandin: Different kinds of friendships

  • 3

    Specific considerations for social success

    • Specific considerations for social success

    • The Social Development School

    • Complementary social learning

    • Social skills groups

    • Bullying/teasing

    • Social life begins at home

    • Better to give than receive

    • Conclusion

    • Additional resources