Socialisation in children

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Socialisation in children

Social skills in young children need a variety of influences to develop. Children starved of these skills at a young age may never develop them at all. It is believed by many people that you learn more between birth and the age of five than any other time in your life. This may be the reason why children deprived of theses inputs in childhood may struggle to pick them up. Giddens says that things as small as smiling at a child are triggers for social skills. So what happens to children who aren't nurtured this way? There are a number of cases that have been widely discus; one of these is Genie. She was starved of conversation and contact with other people until the age of eleven. When she actually did get the contact that was needed at an early age it was far too late and she had major trouble adapting, only managing to pick up basic language and not generally using what she had learnt, only coming out with the odd word, and being very anti-social.

Then in theory a child with a wide range of stimulation should develop good social and lingual skills.

Imagination is a huge way of learning social and language skills for a child. A child will mimic the behaviour of those around them, so if a child has a number of people around them to learn from it may take different pieces of information from each person, or may focus on one person. This will usually a caretaker of sum sort weather it is a parent, guardian or any other. Jean Piaget says that development of children's sociality is in eight stages.

1) Basic trust

2) Autonomy vs. Shame

3) Initiative vs. Guilt

4) Industry vs. Inferiority

5) Ego-identity vs.