Recently, in class we have been focusing more on the social use of language. What I mean by that, is an individual's ability to use expressive speech-language skills for a social purpose beyond getting his/her basic needs met. Examples include: gaining someone's attention, asking for help, asking for a turn with an item or activity, expressing feelings, sharing an idea or experience, asking for clarification or to gain information, starting/continuing/ending a conversation, directing someone to do something, and talking during play. Social-Emotional Development encompasses these skills. The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Zero To Three (click on the Zero To Three icon to the left) has many resources pertaining to this topic. One particularly great resource is titled Social Emotional Development: 24 to 36 Months because it really discusses the beginnings of peer interactions and how to facilitate social relationships when children are having difficulty. Helping your child to increase their social-emotional IQ will have a wonderful affect on their ability to work in groups, solve conflicts, build friendships, and relate with others. All of which are important underlying skills needed for success in life. Also look under the resource section for a link to another organization that provides printable books that encourage friendship.
Kristin Meadows, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist at Rockburn Elementary School in Elkridge, MD. In the past, she has taught at Ducketts Lane Elementary, Worthington Elementary, Gorman Crossing Elementary, and Elkridge Elementary. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and obtained both a B.A. and M.S. from Loyola University in Maryland.