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I knew as soon as I opened the book to the first exercise it was going to be a good one. We see a picture and there are questions for children to answer about what’s going on. What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you guess is going on? And so on…
This will be a great book for parents, counselors, and teachers, both for its kid-friendly exercises and because it includes guidance - in short doses - in every chapter. As author Daniels, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker notes, the skills learned (with adults partnering) are easier to absorb in “bite-sized” pieces. She covers a wide range of social skills. She doesn’t miss much and she has clearly had hands-on experience, and she’s a mom, too. She rightly calls social skills “superpowers” and has an exercise where kids can rate their own strengths and weaknesses.
Some topics include starting and keeping a conversation going, accepting different qualities in friends, when to go along with the group and when not to, the three steps to reaching a compromise, telling tales, dealing with dares, table manners, and much more.
There are many gold nuggets that will be especially useful for kids on the spectrum, such as reading body language, how to say goodbye, how close to stand to people so they’re not uncomfortable (body bubbles - a great way to describe this so kids will remember!), and reviewing what someone said to see if they’re being oversensitive – or not. This book gets an A+.
It was hard to tell from the description and few pages that were shown on the product page, but this book is for older kids, I'd say at least 10. I could see this book being used more in a group setting, like an after school program or a social skills class. I originally bought it with my 5 year old in mind, knowing he wouldnt be able to READ it, but I do plan to use some of the book's activities for him and his sister. I can tell as I flip through it, though, that a lot of the activities will be for when they are older.
This book is overly simplified-befriend the child who is crying on the sidelines and being left out. The path to social success is not becoming friends with the children being excluded. Many children are excluded for reasons they've created and are sometimes not the best choice for friends. Of course kindness matters but all kids being left out aren't victims of others and to think your child's social success will be bolstered by becoming the playground's Mother Theresa is off the mark.
Last week we got our copy of Natasha Daniels "Social Skills Activities for Kids". The first night of I was able to get 2 lessons done. Let me tell you he REALLY loved the 2nd lesson and we made it a game. Every evening since we started he has been getting himself ready for bed because he is excited to do our lesson. As a reward we keep going back to Lesson #2 an exercise where he is blindfolded and trying to get around the house (to show kids a metaphor for not having all the skills they may need). He loves this so much! It really has created a ROUTINE for us, a sense of connection and a way for me to get more insight as to what may be going on in my Childs mind. I highly recommend something like this if you all are looking for some way to make connection.
With this book I've been spending about 15 minutes a day devoted to our lessons right before bed time. It really has lifted his spirits to spend extra time with him.
Bought this book to do with our eight-year-old who needs some practice with social skills and it surprised me how much she has really enjoyed the activities. We do a few activities every night together and it’s been a nice way to lead into conversations about soft skills in a playful game setting rather than me lecturing her. The activities are all fairly quick and fun to do together, even my preschool age children like to play along with us for some of the games.
The author’s narration is conversational and speaks at a child’s level. I’m extremely pleased with this book. Highly recommend giving this book a try with an elementary age child.
This book is so thorough, applicable & creative. I'm a parent who is teaching a summer Friendship Skills class to a group of area children, including my own. The book is the perfect resource. I can't wait to try out the many fun activities & help kiddos grow in their relationships!
I judged it by its cover - ‘activities for kids’ to learn social skills and make friends. It doesn’t deliver on expectations in my opinion. I flicked through and glanced over random content but we didn’t find it useful enough to get started on reading this book from cover to cover. I still don’t know what age group this is aimed at? Mature, self-motivated children, who are interested in self-help books and able to read the paragraphs at the level in this book? But then why are the graphics geared toward younger kids? Or maybe it is useful for teachers who can use it to come up with activities in class. As parent of a first grader, this was useless. It was too advanced for our first grader to read independently and not at all interesting or engaging for our child to listen to with an adult reading it out loud without sounding condescending (it covers basic etiquette/concepts most kids already know). Why would they want to work on an activity based on that? Our first grader ultimately had zero interest in this as an ‘activity book’. Not a useful social skills book or an activity book for young kids in my opinion and it seems to miss the target audience.
This is a very practical workbook for kids. The topics/lessons are concise so they can be done in about 5 minutes. Kids could do them without help, but I think it's good to have adult help to make sure they're getting the point. There are a lot of role playing ideas and other activities that are really helpful to reinforce the lessons. The lessons are arranged in a logical order. Overall a really great book. My 9 year old really enjoyed working through this and he seemed to be able to apply a lot of what he learned.