Developing social skills

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Developing social skills

One of the biggest ways you can develop your child’s social skills is by playing with them. So many parents get wrapped up in making sure their child is academically successful, and athletic, and funny, and smart. We forget about play. So what I always recommend parents to do is at the end of the day, even though you’re probably tired, kick off your shoes and get on the floor with your child. Those are going to be the moments when your child is really cognitively developing, learning those skills that they need, whether it’s focused attention, or underlying memory skills. But that’s where we see the emotional and social intelligence developing. It really is all about play, so play with your kids and have fun with them. And remember to bring out the playful side in yourself. We forget to do it sometimes, but you’ll actually probably have quite a bit of fun if you do play with your children.

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Rebecca Eberlin, PhD


I am a California state licensed psychologist, who specializes in providing evidence-based treatment and assessment to children, adults and families with a variety of emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.

A proud Wolverine, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Political Science. I then returned to California and completed my Doctoral training at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Sharp HealthCare, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Children’s Health Council.

I relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2011 to conduct prevention-focused research at UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Global Center for Children and Families. During my time at UCLA, I became the lead psychologist and Director of Services and Operations at the UCLA Family Commons in Santa Monica.

Throughout the course of my career, my research and treatment interests have included working with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges, such as depression, anxiety, impulse control disorders, developmental disabilities and other family-based issues. I also conduct parent education seminars that focus on a wide variety of issues including resiliency, stress, relationships, social media and friendship and bullying.

While my primary location is West Los Angeles, I also have offices in Northern California. If you are interested in obtaining coaching or cognitive testing services in the Bay Area, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please please visit my website to learn more about me, my practice and how therapy can work for you.

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