Social and Behavior Skills are essential for lifelong success, but children with special needs often struggle with these skills. For example, some kids with special needs have difficulty greeting others properly, a skill deficit that could later translate into occupational challenges. Other children have trouble interpreting and using facial expressions and gestures, which interferes with communication. The first step in addressing social and behavioral deficits is to identify them. It’s critical for parents and educators to collaborate to assess the child’s current level of functioning and determine areas that could use some extra help. For best results, corrective strategies should remain consistent from the school to the home. If the child has not yet entered preschool, parents can strive to collaborate with day care providers and other caregivers to ensure consistent responses to behaviors.