Learning to be an effective social observer is critical to navigating the tricky waters of making and keeping friends. In this presentation, Caroline Maguire, M. Ed., author of Why Will No One Play with Me?, shares an exercise that she uses with her clients called The Social Spy. The purpose of the exercise is to improve one’s ability to notice and observe the behavior of people in certain social situations. As a Social Spy, you observe (discreetly), hold back, and take an inventory of the group or situation’s mood, tone, members, energy, etc. She will share how to put social spy into actual practice. She’ll explain how to prepare, where to go, what to look for, how to share the data and then how to put it to work daily.
Social Spy helps children:
-Sharpen their understanding of how others interact
-Observe the unspoken rules of different environments
-Identify positive social behavior
-Compare their behavior to others