1. Teach your child to listen with their ‘third ear’.
Of course this is not a physical ear, but rather a way of listening past spoken words to the feelings people are expressing. This can easily be incorporated when chatting, listening to the radio or even watching television with your child. Ask your little one what they think the other person is feeling while they are speaking.
2. Practice some improvised story telling.
Two or more players can play this game. Let each one decide on 5 or 6 topics they would like to incorporate into the story. These can really be anything – even a banana, an umbrella, a shark, a tyre or a couch. Let each little player draw a picture of their chosen items and turn them face down on a hard surface. One player turns over a picture and starts telling the story. Once they’re done, the next person turns over pictures and continues with the story. So it goes until all the players have had a chance to use all their pictures. The story might not follow the route the first player initially had in mind and that makes this game very useful for teaching flexibility and for practicing compromise.
3. A good sense of humour can be a very helpful social skill! Have a joke night with your funny little person and let the whole family sit around a table, telling each other silly jokes. Even very young children can understand simple jokes.