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The SuperSpeech & Language Connection

Speech/Language/Social Communication

Ages and Stages of Social Development

Age 2: 

  • Social awareness is very limited.
  • Play tends to be solitary, although toddlers will closely observe and copy adults and other children.
  • Direct interaction is minimal, apart from squabbles over toys!

Age 3:

  • Parallel play develops: children play alongside one another, with some interaction.
  • Beginning to learn to share and take turns.
  • Beginning to learn to manage physical aggression.

Age 4: 

  • Co-operative play develops. Children start to play group games. Games become more complex and organized.
  • 'Special' friendships begin to form.
  • Learning how to play fairly and abide by rules.
  • Can approach others and ask to join in with groups.
  • Begins to learn to be assertive and to ask others to stop if they are being annoying.

Ages 6-8:

  • Learning to be a 'good winner' and a 'good loser'.
  • Can empathize with others in distress and offer appropriate support.
  • Learning to give and receive compliments from others.
  • Conversation skills developing: how to listen to others and take turns talking etc.
  • Can ask an adult for support when needed.
  • Negotiation skills: including others in decision-making, learning to decide together and make suggestions rather than boss others around.
  • Able to say 'no' to peers when appropriate.

Ages 9-10:

  • Learning to speak confidently in front of a group.
  • Learning to respect the opinions of others.
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