What Are Social Skills?

What are Social Skills?

Social skills are both verbal and nonverbal behaviors that allow one to successfully navigate through various social and interpersonal situations.  A significant dimension of knowing how to relate in social situations comes from deciphering and using information in the immediate environment.  Social skills involve the ability to interpret other’s behaviors and actions, and then respond appropriately.  Often children with poor social skills misinterpret other’s intentions,  misread social cues, and have a hard time coming up with positive strategies to resolve social dilemmas.  Difficulties with social skills can result in behavioral difficulties at school, trouble forming peer relationships, and poor self-esteem.