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South Norwalk Library Program Aimed At Improving Kids' Social Skills

A Social Skills Development program is offered for children with learning disabilities Thursday, May 5 at the South Norwalk Public Library.
A Social Skills Development program is offered for children with learning disabilities Thursday, May 5 at the South Norwalk Public Library. Photo Credit: Norwalk Public Library

NORWALK, Conn. -- A program, Promoting Social Skill Development in a Screen-Oriented World, is offered Thursday, May 5 at the South Norwalk Library.

For many children with learning disabilities, the process of making and keeping friends can be as frustrating as any academic task and often more discouraging.

Their difficulty with reading body language, tone of voice, facial expressions and using effective pragmatic language in social situations can lead to awkwardness, rejection and diminished risk taking.

The proliferation of screen use, especially by younger children, has presented opportunities and challenges for those with learning disabilities.

At the same time, however, they offer an isolating refuge for the socially reluctant and , thereby, limit social interaction practice.

This presentation will provide an opportunity to discuss the potentially positive and negative effects of screen time, and how families can achieve a balance between time focused on pixels with time with people.

This event is free and open to the public.

A light dinner will be served 6:00 - 6:30 pm.

Registration is available at (203) 899-2790, ext. 15902.

The program is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the SoNo Branch, 10 Washington St., Norwalk.

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