Social norms vary from culture to culture, country to country, and even state to state; however, a child with social-cognitive deficits will have a tough time understanding and applying these norms regardless of culture, country, or state.
What do children with social-cognitive deficits look like? They come from a broad range of medical "diagnoses", to include Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, and ADD/ADHD. These children can have an excellent grasp of language and rule-based learning, and at the same time, have significant problems functioning in the world around them. They are usually referred to as "bright but clueless".
Regardless of diagnosis, a child with social-cognitive deficits desires successful social relationships and wants to have friends and companionship, like everyone else.
If this description fits your child, he or she may benefit from a social skills group! These groups are offered at Child & Family Development, and they focus on improving social awareness to improve social skills.
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