- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Rockridge Pr (26 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1641522968
- ISBN-13: 978-1641522960
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules Paperback – 26 Mar 2019
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NATASHA DANIELS is a child therapist and mom to three kids who teach her most of what she knows in life. She is the author of Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide and How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler. She is also the creator of the parenting site AnxiousToddlers.com.
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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+.
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.
Although written with children in mind this book will help kids of all ages. Daniels clearly articulates what all of which we had learned. She walks the reader through the various social relationships which we all encounter throughout life. In each case she outlines what are acceptable and not acceptable behaviors and then with fun and entertaining activities helps the reader practice those things which once ingrained will make life so much easier.
Daniels opens up about her own awkwardness. This draws the reader in and helps them identify with her. She is a successful writer and professional – if she has had problems then its alright for me to admit I have them too. With this transparency she helps the reader own up to their own issues and begin to deal with them appropriately.
Each of the exercises and activities build on the other. And by the time you have finished the book you have developed your social skills "superpowers".
If you have children or work with children, this book is an invaluable resource to help you help them. It also may help you become more socially adept as well.
After working with kids and adolescents for quite some time, I find it challenging to find worksheets and workbooks that would ever grab their attention. However, this book has so many fun, engaging activities and exercises to follow that, to me, feel authentic and attuning to the population I work with. Whether you’re using the workbook for the physical worksheets, or adapting the ideas to an individual or group exercise, the possibilities feel endless.
There are a lot of structured, rigid social skills group curriculums out there, and while they’re great, this book gives you the flexibility of fostering a teachable moment on the spot, without the need of following a week by week curriculum. When a specific problem presents itself, such as personal boundaries or making friends, this book has ideas and exercises to support approaching and working through the problem. I’m super grateful, as not many real, on their level books like this exist for kids. Filling a void I felt was there!
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