Children and adults with varying developmental disabilities and/or social cognitive delays may have difficulty interpreting social and emotional cues. This reduced ability to interpret cues can significantly impact peer relationships and conversation with others. When an individual cannot discern whether a person is upset or happy with their response, their reaction may be considered unexpected, as explained in the idea of Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner.
I recently wrote an article about the correlation between excessive screen time and interpreting social cues. I wanted to expand on this concept and give parents ideas of additional activities that can help target this goal of interpreting social cues more efficiently.