Social Development

Social development for all people begins at birth and continues throughout life. School years provide a tremendous and vital opportunity to develop qualities and skills that promote social progress. During these important years, children learn to interact in a broadening arena of school and community activities.

The specific ways that Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus influence social development are not yet fully understood, but school interactions are a vital and often challenging part of that growing process. Similar to children without disabilities, each child’s temperament will affect their social development — while some children with Spina Bifida are passive and may require encouragement to get involved in activities, others will need guidance and help to interact in group settings.

This information sheet provides:

  • Social skills goals for children with Spina Bifida.
  • Tips to encourage the development of social skills.
  • Factors that bolster, and hinder, social skill development.

This information does not constitute medical advice for any individual. As special cases may vary from the general information presented here, SBA advises readers to consult a qualified medical or other professional on an individual basis.




  • Resource

    Educational Issues Among Children with Spina Bifida

  • Resource

    Learning Among Children with Spina Bifida

  • Resource

    Quick Reference Sheet for Educators of Individuals with Spina Bifida