Children Who Have Tough Time Making Friends Could Be Suffering From Social Dyslexia

According to new research, one of the top worries for parents is whether their children make friends. When the Children’s Society asked children what made their childhood happy, friendship was the factor they mentioned most. But some children have trouble making friends. A ground-breaking approach from the U.S. is now treating social difficulties in the same way as any other learning difficulty. It is thought that less popular children have a sort of “social dyslexia,” a difficulty understanding and interpreting social cues. Michelle Garcia Winner, a California based speech therapist and language pathologist, who helped pioneer the new thinking, the reason that some children are left out is because they are born with fewer social skills than others and may also become anxious and frustrated. Winner says it may take some children with social learning challenge a little longer to read social cues — which makes it hard for the child to say the right thing at the right time. This can result in the child being viewed as ‘weird’ by their peers. Winner stated, “It’s heart-wrenching to see the sadness caused by a child’s rejection. They may look stoic at school over time it can build into depression and anxiety. The goal is not to have these kids start to be considered ‘cool’; but just to help them feel included.” (Telegraph)