Sometimes, however, everything does not go smoothly. Some kids really struggle in learning the basics of how to interact with others. Sometimes it’s due to autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Kids with attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity can struggle because of their impulsiveness. For other kids it’s not because of a disorder, it’s just tough for them to figure these things out.
What should parents do when they are concerned about their child's social interactions? A two ended approach may be best. First, consult with your child’s pediatrician and teacher. Find out their recommendations. If a formal social skills group is suggested, your child will be able to learn from a professional. At the same time, parents should still try to become informed. The best social skills groups will only occur for a few hours, or fewer, a week. Kids are with their parents hours a day. Learn what you can about social skills so you too can help your child.