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    Default Social skills training for 6 year old?

    Anyone recommend a social skills training in Sydney? I'm worried about my 6 year old. She has never been that social, kind of staying on the edge watching, but she was happy with a few good friends. Now i think she really wants to be included more socially in school but she lacks the social skills. She is either jumping in kids faces and annoying them or turning her head in shyness when other kids approach her. Sometimes she is fine, we have a couple of weeks where she's happy and friends to play with and then things change. I really want to her help her learn better social skills but I have to be careful not to interfere or say wrong thing as she is very sensitive and easily upset - I don't want to make her more self conscious by making a big deal out if it. I just want her to be happy, to not feel like she needs 100 friends, but just have a few good ones. I guess she's just a bit socially awkward, and I feel really bad as a parent as I can be a bit socially awkward too so she's probably not learning the best social skills from me!

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    Hi Freyamum, I think there are some occupational therapies that help with socialisation. My son gets extremely anxious over having to do activities or be involved in things where there are a lot of others present (which means he won't participate in group sports, or school parades etc) and our psychologist told us you can do Group OT where the kids are in small groups and have to work in activities etc. Maybe something like this will help give her some more confidence and/or help her recognise behaviours that are needed in social situations?

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    Freyamum, my friend had a similar issue with her son (Sydney) and she was referred to an OT and a child Psychologist by the community centre child health Nurse (the ones that check your child's development etc with the blue book).


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