• Tips to help your children with social skills & safety and self help competence .   .   .

    Social & Character Building Skills
  • Provide opportunities for your child to spend time with other children playing and talking.
  • Encourage your child to share and to take turns.
  • Give small chores or jobs to your child so that they may experience responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Get into a daily routine now so that the transition to those early school days will go more smoothly!
  • Talk and model how to express feelings appropriately and with self control.
  • Remind children to listen when others talk (looking into the speaker's eyes, waiting their turn to speak).
    Safety and Self Help Competence
    • Have your child practice orally stating their home information in case of emergencies  (full name, parents' names, address, telephone number).
    • When going for walks, practice looking both ways before crossing the street and walking on the sidewalk.
    • Let children tie, snap, button, and zip their own clothing.  This is a great fine motor skill accomplishment, too!
    • Model and encourage the practice of good hygiene - washing hands, covering mouth when coughing, covering nose when sneezing, brushing teeth, combing hair, etc.
    • Have children get into the habit of always putting their toys away after playing and cleaning up after themselves.
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