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Social Cues Activity

To help your child improve communication skills by learning to identify both verbal and non-verbal cues in others. This activity encourages your child to build an internal frame of reference for interacting socially with both adults and peers.

Activity Instructions:

Role-play several different feelings with your child, using facial expressions, sounds, and body language. Have him try and guess what emotion you are expressing. You can even take it a step further and ask what he would do if a friend were expressing that feeling.

Be sure to switch roles and have your child portray some feelings for you to guess. Go ahead and get silly-exaggeration can be a strong teaching method to help your child read valuable social cues.


Your child will gain a deeper understanding of how their non-verbal expressions and actions affect others, and will become more adept at reading unspoken feelings in the people he or she interacts with.