I babysit for two kids during the school year and I hear sometimes the childhood drama that happens when they are at school. The younger one, she is four, tells me about whats happens during playtime with her friends. She has said before that sometimes she will go over to play with some of her friends and one of them will tell her, very bluntly, that they do not want to play with her. Usually she says she was upset when this happened but by the time she tells me, she is fine and everyone is over it. At this young of an age, peer rejection doesn't make as much of an impact. They aren't really playing with each other anyway, they are engaging in parallel play, where they kind of just play next to each other. If the rejection were to continue, however, into later years, then it might turn in to a problem for her.I plan to become a teacher or special education provider, so I will have first row seats to witness any rejection in a classroom. It is a difficult thing to watch and a difficult thing to figure out the best way to intervene. One of the best ways to do this subtly is to create cooperative learning activities during class and strategically pair or group students with peers they will feel comfortable working with. These activities promote cooperation and the learning of appropriate social skills. If the rejected child is seriously lacking social skills, more intense training may be necessary.A good teacher or counselor will also make themselves very available to a student. Build a foundation of trust with a student who is rejected and they will feel more comfortable coming to you with problems or when they feel upset about a situation. The teacher or counselor can also suggest appropriate activities for the student to help them find a good social niche. If they are exceptionally good at math and science, maybe find a Mathletes or science club for them to join. Or if they really like drawing, enroll them in an art class. It is the teacher and counselor's job to foster the social development of the students as well as the academic.
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