After several months of little or no face to face communication many children have spent longer than usual on screens and communicating with friends virtually. Although some children were able to go back to school before the summer, many weren’t. And for those children who did go back to school, it wasn’t business as usual because of bubbles and social distancing.
Some children may find returning to face-to-face communication difficult because they have got so used to not doing it.
Children may also find that the idea of socialising and face to face contact is stressful and cause anxiety as they are not in the habit of just chatting.
They may also be worried about catching or spreading coronavirus, which could impact on their confidence and social skills meeting and chatting with others.
It can be unsettling for the whole family, but we’ve got some practical things you can do with your child to help them regain social skills in preparation for going back to school.
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