Behaviour Matters

Learning Disabilities and Social Skills

Learning disabilities are neurobiological or brain-based difficulties that impact how an individual registers, stores or uses information. Despite having average or above average intelligence, approximately 50% of individuals with learning disabilities experience a variety of emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.  

Some children and youth with learning disabilities may experience certain problems in social situations, such as correctly identifying facial expressions, reading social cues, understanding body language, or perspective taking. As a result, children with learning disabilities can often be at risk social isolation, rejection or bullying. Social skills training can help children develop appropriate social behaviours and problem-solving skills that can improve their social acceptance and self-esteem.

How can you support your child in social interactions?

  • In a descriptive and non-judgmental way, help your child understand how they behave with others in social situations. This will help promote their self-awareness.
  • Be specific and instructional when talking about inappropriate social behaviours. Don’t just tell them what they did wrong. Explain what they need to change next time by giving specific examples.
  • Help your child identify and label their feelings.  Encourage them to talk about their anger, fears, or anxieties. Model this behaviour by talking about your own emotions to send the message that it is okay to talk about feelings.

Need help?

If you need any help for dealing with your child or teenager with a learning disability, please give us a call at (416) 655-4194 or email us at info@behaviourmatters.ca to discuss some of the programs, individual sessions and coaching workshops we have at Behaviour Matters in order to give yourself, your child or your teen the help they need.