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When should I get professional help for my child who lacks social skills?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Studies show that it takes a minimum of 21 days for children -- and adults! -- to learn a new social skill. So help your child rehearse the skill until she can transfer (or use) the skill in real life with peers. Acknowledge efforts -- any little ones -- this is tough stuff and your child needs reinforcement.

When to seek help: If you do not see change, your child's self-esteem plummets, or you notice a marked change in your child's personality (she pulls back, withdraws, acts out, lacks focus, etc), then seek help! Many counselors are trained in social skill development and can offer solutions. Friendship plays an enormous part of your child's self-esteem and success.

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