A significant component in the diagnosis of developmental disabilities is the deficit in social development. Most social behaviour involves using language to ask for information from others (mands), discussion about things in the environment (tacts), responding to others questions (intraverbals)and listening to peers talk.
In children, a basic example of social behaviour might be…
- Child 1: What are you drawing? (a mand for information)
- Child 2: A spaceship (a tact and an intraverbal)
- Child 2: Do you want to draw one too? (mand)
- More advanced social behaviour might be role playing, pretend play, and board games
Young children tend to be very sociable because they crave adult attention and affection and they therefore seek out attention in a number of ways.
A child demonstrating good social behaviour and play will be able to:
- Start a conversation with a peer without prompting from anyone else
- Ask for something they want without a prompt from anyone else
- Play independently with their peers for a sustained period of time in both verbal and non verbal activities
- Respond to the requests of peers without help from other adults
If you have concerns about your child’s social behaviour development, or simply further questions about social behaviour skills, please do not hesitate to talk more to us here. We’d love to hear from you.