Young people learn their social skills from their day-to-day activities in the family, at school, at play, and in the various groups and clubs they may be part of.
A traumatic brain injury or similar brain disorder can cause children to interact in ways that aren’t socially appropriate. This may include being tactless, poor at ‘reading’ social cues, talking too much, interrupting, or seeing the world only from their own point of view. Other social skills may be lacking – simple things such as using eye contact appropriately or they may be excessively friendly and accepting, hugging near-strangers and willing to trust and go with anybody.
They can be at risk of becoming socially isolated and cut off from friends and the normal things kids do together. Bullying or teasing can sometimes become a problem due to being impulsive and less able to judge social situations. Don’t hesitate to contact the school if you suspect bullying.