Development of Social Competence

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Section I: Description of a Competent Child


When it comes to companionship, a socially competent child should be able to get along well with others and thus form friendships. It is only natural for a socially competent child to seek out others and form a group. Confidence and a sense of belonging come from seeking and thus attaining the approval of one's peers. This is sometimes a period where the child feels more compelled to please his associations rather than thinking about how the situation will affect him or others. Friendship endorses productivity, mentally and physically, for the child. The child attains people skills, an attribute that will evolve over his lifespan. Physically, the child is encouraged by the group to participate in activities. There are many levels of friendship a socially competent child may attain depending on his/her age and maturity level. They develop from a friend being a person whom shares toys to deep emotional commitment which comes much later in years.


Communication is a huge part of social competence. If children lack the verbal skills to communicate feelings then they may become frustrated and express their feeling in other more physical ways. Children whom are competent in communication are able to express feelings of happiness as well as distress using their speech in addition to their body language and other most subtle forms of communication. Not only do children have to be able to express their own feelings and thoughts, they need to be in tune to others' signals of communication. Not only are they good talkers but they are good listeners as well. They are able to interpret and understand others' speech and actions and react accordingly. When a good, functioning two-way communication has been developed then a child may be considered competent...