Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 105-110

First online:

Promoting Social Skills in Young Children

  • Tommie LawhonAffiliated withCollege of Education, University of North Texas
  • , David C. LawhonAffiliated withUniversity of Texas at Dallas

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The literature reflects that numerous factors impact a young child's ability to have playmates and develop friendships. This in turn can influence health, happiness, and stability throughout life. Social relationships may be enhanced through a youngster's efforts and those of caring adults, especially teachers, parents, and other caregivers. Two checklists are provided, one to assist when observing and recording a child's personal behaviors and another to aid adults with the self-assessment of their child guidance techniques. These results are beneficial to those who teach, guide, train, and provide other essential experiences for children.

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