Making and Keeping Friends
- Making long-term friendships can be one of the greatest challenges for children with FASD.
- FASD is often associated with learning difficulties, lower IQ, social skills and maturity than other children the same age, which means your child may not understand social etiquette and subtle concepts of friendship.
- Children with FASD may be lonely and isolated. This can lead them to be taken advantage of or bullied by other children.
- Role-play: Role-playing and role-modeling are effective techniques to help your child understand how to act in social situations.
- Help your child learn to recognize body language and social expressions: Look at pictures of people in books and magazines and teach what the people might be thinking or feeling.
- Involve your child in group activities: Sports teams, clubs, and groups are a good way to expose your child to organized social settings, build social skills, and meet children with common interests.
- Develop a support network: Join (or form) a support group for families with children affected by FASD. Encourage the friendships your child makes at these meetings.
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