“My Child is Above Average and Can’t Make Friends…”
Socialisation skills are, in many ways, every bit as important to a child’s development as academics. The ability to function in the community is a skill that every child should learn from very early on.
Does Your Child Have Difficulty Socialising?
Children struggle in this area for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s just their personality. Not all children develop confidence in social situations at the same rate. Disorders like Autism can also factor in to how children handle social situations. Regardless of the causes, there are ways that we as parents and professionals can intervene.
If the child lacks confidence, it could be because there is some sort of unseen barrier that is keeping them from interacting normally with other members of his or her peer group. It is one thing to be shy. It is quite another to become so withdrawn that socialisation isn’t occurring in the first place. If your child falls into the latter category, keep reading. There are reasons why this could be that doctors and teachers rarely explore.
Many children on the Autism spectrum, particularly those with Aspergers Syndrome, tend to have superior intellect but no social grace. They tend to miss the subtleties and nuances of language. They don’t pick up on emotions like anger or sarcasm which could lead to problems interacting with others. Has your child been diagnosed with Autism or Aspergers and is having trouble making friends? You, too, will want to keep reading.
Auditory Therapy and Socialisation
Although there is no “fix” for Autism or Aspergers there are ways to help children manage these conditions and function more appropriately in social settings. TOMATIS® Sound Therapy is a holistic treatment that targets one of the key areas of social interaction: listening.
Even if your child is able to excel in academics and even if he or she is not somewhere on the Autism spectrum, one thing is clear: the way people listen in social settings is quite different from the way we listen in a classroom. Some people, regardless of any medical diagnosis, have difficulty processing the very subtle auditory cues that present in social communication.
TOMATIS® and Socialisation
TOMATIS® Sound Therapy helps fine-tune the person’s sensitivity to the subtleties of language that present in conversation and verbal interaction. It also helps him or her process those sounds more efficiently.
Through the use of both music and speech, TOMATIS® teaches the brain how to process a wide range of sounds and frequencies. It does this by introducing sounds at frequencies and intervals that force the brain to make a concerted effort to process them. As with anything else, practise makes perfect. The brain learns over time how to process these sounds and the child subsequently learns how to listen more effectively in social situations.
Learn More About Auditory Therapy and TOMATIS®
TOMATIS® was developed by a doctor and is a 100% holistic therapy. It does not use any kind of drug and is completely non-invasive. I would love to chat with you more about how it works and how I can help your child overcome his or her social difficulties.