Why is social communication important?
Social interaction skills play a part in the way we experience conversations and understand the language used around us. Examples of social skills include:
- talking (initiating conversation, maintaining conversation, asking questions, making appropriate comments, ending conversations)
- listening and using non-verbal communication to good listening skills
- understanding how and when to use language in different situations and with different people
- Understanding the expectations people have of us during social conversation
- being able to use and understand non-verbal communication such as facial expression, eye contact, body language and turn taking.
Children who present with global developmental delay, language disorder, attachment disorder, behavioural needs and neurological conditions such as Autism may have social communication difficulties.