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I'm looking forward to trying a few of these out. First impressions of the book are that it is well laid out in a way that is appealing to its intended age group, and the exercises look like they are actually fun.
I am parent of a 9 year old boy with ASD. I bought this to see if it would help him as he has social issues. I’ve read through the book and we are now part way through the activities. I also have a 5yr old girl and she has joined in too. I think my son is probably two years behind his peers mentally and emotionally, his social skills are not too bad although they definitely need refining and I think this book will do just the job. Page 80 discusses how sensitive you are and there is a little quiz. My son is very sensitive and always thinks peers are ganging up against him or picking on him. This book has situations in it and your child has to choose what they would do in these situations which then raises a discussion between you and your child. It’s written as though the author is talking to a child, gives little verbal high fives and tells them to remember how awesome they are. It also tells you to cross out all the negatives and focus on the positive sides of yourself (the child). I personally think it’s a great book and I can see my child has taken in the information and retained it. Does it stop him from doing things that are socially unacceptable? No. But when I ask him should he have done that, he replies no, and when I ask him what he should have done he knows the answer- one day he will think before he acts. I would recommend this to other parents of children with ASD.
Brilliant book! I bought it to inspire small group work with SEND children in my class. It’s worked a treat. Unlike books designed for educational purposes it’s not something you can immediately lift for use in class, but with a bit of preparation we have used the scripts and scenarios for role play and discussed the ideas and strategies. They children have really enjoyed and valued the things they’ve learned. A very modern, holistic approach to learning and improving social skills. I’d give it six stars!
This is a wonderful book with exercises in teaching appropriate social skills to children. It includes tips on how to make and keep friends, how to talk to other people (both children and adults), and decoding body language. Some of the activities are more "reflective", getting the child to think things through and understand how one action might be better than another. Overall, this is an excellent book for introducing social skills to children who might lack them. I recommend this book. Please mark if you find my review helpful. Thank you so much!