May 5, 2016 (Thursday)
Promoting Social Skill Development in a Screen-Oriented World

Presenter: Dave Sylvestro, School Psychologist at Eagle Hill School

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 – by younger children especially – has presented opportunities and challenges for those with LD. Using screen devices can serve as positive social currency by providing a common ground for conversation. At the same time, 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.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
SoNo Branch Public Library
SoNo Friends of NPL Community Room
10 Washington Street, Norwalk

This event is free and open to the public. A light supper will be provided at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Register on-line for this event.

Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Public Library


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