How classes can help kids struggling with social skills

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How classes can help kids struggling with social skills

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If by 2nd grade your child is still having problems making friend and keeping friend, you may want to seek out a social skills class. At UCLA at the Children's Friendship Program, we teach these things. Communication skills; how do you introduce yourself ? How do you talk to another child to find out what is that other child likes to do, find out what they might have in common which will make a nice foundation for a play date. We teach how to do slipped in to a group of kids that play. A lot of kids have a hard time. They might have go charging in and try to take over the play or they might be so shy they stand faraway. Nobody knows they are interested in playing. Additionally, good sportsmanship is absolutely essential. How not to be focus on winning. How to be focus on having a good time with my friends and then finally the single most important building block of friendship is the unstructured, old fashion play date. We recommend keeping them short, teaching good house rules and having them at least once a week.

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Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW

Director, UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program

Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW, Director of the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program, has been training parents for over 30 years. She is the author of two books, Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A family peace plan, and The Answer is NO: Saying it & sticking to it, which have been translated into nine languages. In addition to her UCLA group classes, Ms. Whitham has a private practice on the east and west sides of Los Angeles. In 2000, she spent a month training clinicians at the National Institute of Mental Health of Japan. A lively speaker, Ms. Whitham does presentations and trainings for schools and organizations. Ms. Whitham raised two happy, healthy, and (relatively) well-behaved children (she thinks that may be the best credential of all). Daughter Miranda McLeod is a fiction author and is in a PhD program at Rutgers University. With sadness, Cynthia tells us that her son Kyle died in 2007, within months of graduating from San Francisco State University.

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