GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Greenwich mother has created a series of workbooks to help children develop social skills, believing they are becoming too wrapped up in technology and missing out on face-to-face interaction.

Kids today are often seen with their heads buried in their smartphones and having glazed-over expressions as they block the outside world with their headphones.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, Suzanne Wind has three young children, and she says they are very much engaged in her effort to teach them social skills.

Her game plan is “The SMART Playbook” series, which calls for family involvement to teach kids about good social interaction using rewards.

“In there are different challenges,” Wind told Schneidau. “So one might be ‘go shake someone’s hand today.’ Just go out there and introduce yourself, and say, ‘Hi, name is,’ and shake their hand.”

Wind said most kids are amazed at the connection that is so quickly made when they make such an effort. She said kids need these kind of skills now, later when interviewing for college and throughout their adult lives.

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