Social Skill Deficits


Social skill deficits are difficulties in using and understanding social information and conventions.

People with social skill deficits may experience difficulty in the following areas:

Understanding social conventions
Some people with Learning Disabilities have trouble understanding the established social conventions people use in daily life. They may also have trouble monitoring their own behaviour and act or speak without forethought. This automatic reaction may cause them to laugh at the wrong times and interrupt conversations.

Visual perception of facial expression and body language
Some people with Learning Disabilities miss the messages people send and receive through body language and facial expression. They might misinterpret body language to mean something totally different from what was intended, or miss the signals altogether.

Auditory perception of vocal cues
Difficulties with auditory perception affect a person’s ability to interpret vocal tone. They may have trouble deciding whether somebody is using an angry voice or expressing feelings of boredom or impatience. This can lead to misunderstandings and is likely to be very frustrating for both people involved.

Body awareness
Some people with Learning Disabilities have trouble situating their bodies at a comfortable distance away from other people. These people do not understand how close they are to people with whom they are interacting and how uncomfortable it is for that person.

Social skills deficits is listed as a learning disability. Lack of social skills can interfer with- learning, most particular when difficult child is sitting in the office rather than the classroom. :rolleyes:


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Thanks for listing those sites. Our difficult child has all of those problems. He cannot interpret tone, body language, or even general conversation. He has gotten into the habit of just answering people without understanding what the question really was. More often than not it is the wrong answer. While he is 10 1/2 physically he is around 7 emotionally. He plays much better with a 5 year old than his peer group. However then he is bossy. He does not take teasing well and can resort to unacceptable behavior rather than just walking away. Sigh..... :frown: As he gets older it is getting harder for him because he is falling farther behind in social skills.


Thanks also for posting----

Now that medication has helped with the attention part of the problem it is clear that these social cues are being missed and that is the next step!!!!!

trying to get school to organize social skills group! this info will help!