Seeing your child struggle to make and keep friends can be truly heartbreaking. Parents whose children don’t have any friends often feel helpless and frustrated. What a lot of people don’t realize is that most children who are struggling socially are having a problem with something called pragmatic language. For almost ten years, I have been helping children improve their pragmatic language skills as the creator and executive director of the Where I Can Be Me social skills program. I’ve even written a book on the subject (If you want to check it out, it’s called Friendship Matters: A Guide to Understanding why Children Struggle to Make Friends & What You Can do About It.)
When you schedule a phone consult about your child’s pragmatic language, you’ll have an opportunity to tell me about the difficulties he has been experiencing, without any fear of judgment. Whether you’re concerned about a specific incident or an ongoing problem, odds are I’ve seen it before, and I know how to help. You’ll walk away from our phone consult with some of my tried-and-true strategies for helping a child learn to make and keep friendships. And if you’re considering joining a social skills program local to you, I’ll make sure you know the signs of a good social skills program, and know how to steer clear of the ones that hurt more than they help.
If this sounds like something that could be beneficial, then my assistant, Adriana, will be happy to set up a time for us to speak. She can be reached at 914.686.0190.