DOI link for Social Participation
Social Participation book
Social relationships are important at every age but especially important during childhood because playing together is the context in which children grow, learn, and develop habits of participation. Beyond social skills, social participation has a positive influence on a child's health and well-being, and factors that affect participation within the environment, family, and child must command our attention when the create interventions and educational programs. During social engagement, we learn how to make eye contact, to respond to questions, and to give compliments. Social participation is a broad concept referring to the opportunities we have to engage with others in satisfying social activities and events in many contexts-home, school, or the community. When children have a developmental lag in the sensory motor system, they have a much narrower and less diverse social network than their peers, and participation is restricted to opportunities with close family members.