Social Competence/Social Skills
Interacting in an age-appropriate way with parents, teachers, and friends represents
an important adaptive behavior for children.
Social skills are the specific behaviors that children use when faced with an
interpersonal situation (e.g., eye contact, voice intonation, asking open-ended
questions, complimenting, engaging in reciprocal conversation). Social skills are the
observable behaviors upon which the global evaluations for social competence are, in
An individual's degree of social competence and social skills can be assessed objectively
and addressed through skills-training programs. Play-group-therapy and social skills
groups, as well as individual therapy, are used to address deficits in social competence.