There are also programs available commercially, with multimedia lessons for children to help them improve social interaction. One such program, Boost Kids, has seen sales double in the last year, as parents and educators become more aware of the problem.
Boost Kids founder Rob Heller says he created the program six years ago, when he realized his pre-teen son was in need of some social education.
"To me, they are life’s most important lessons, and the interesting thing is that these things can be taught. I mean, certainly they come more naturally to some kids – but at the same time, these are things that can be taught."
Social skills training also includes such concepts as how to resolve conflicts. The National Association of School Psychologists says improving social skills also improves school safety.