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Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules Paperback – March 26, 2019
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One of many social skills you'll learn from the book:
It may seem like there are an awful lot of social skills to learn. Some you’ll use every now and then, and some you’ll use all the time. Here’s a quick list of the top 10 social skills that you can use every day:
- Be friendly and smile at others.
- Be considerate and thoughtful of those around you. This includes not touching others without asking.
- Share and wait your turn.
- Be calm and control your emotions, especially anger.
- Don’t talk unkindly about other people.
- Ask people questions about themselves.
- Ask other people to play with you.
- Have good manners and be polite.
- Make good eye contact and don’t mumble.
- Don’t hog the conversation. Take turns talking and listening.
“One of Natasha's many talents is that she speaks Kid Language. In a friendly, easy-to-understand manner, her words motivate and encourage, normalize and educate. Social Skills Activities for Kids comprehensively addresses the many and varied tricky social situations that kids of all abilities and backgrounds encounter at home, at school, and in the community. Children will feel respected and supported by the caring warmth that jumps off the pages and the cheerful illustrations that will appeal to all ages. This is an excellent resource for families and for any therapist's toolkit.”—Yael Clark, Educational and Developmental Psychologist
“I am thrilled that this book exists. As a clinical psychologist in private practice, I often see children that need some help learning and practicing social skills. I love this book because it allows me to give families a tool to practice on their own outside of therapy. It is full to the brim with lively, engaging, and effective activities and interventions for children and parents. Social skills are a part of a child's life that are often overlooked. Natasha beautifully integrates various techniques to address social skills deficits in the most important areas. These activities are wonderful ways for parents to learn how to better interact with their children based on their child's social competency. This is a MUST HAVE for kids, parents, and teachers.”—Dr. Allison Solomon, Psy.D., PC, Director of the Virtual Center for Anxiety and OCD
“If your child struggles to make friends, misreads social cues, or has difficulty listening and making conversation, get a copy of Social Skills Activities for Kids today! Natasha Daniels has created a book of fun, interactive activities that kids can relate to. Most importantly, this book normalizes kids’ challenges and validates their feelings while helping them build important social skills.”—Sharon Martin, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism
“Natasha Daniels' Social Skills Activities for Kids is a warm, child- friendly compilation of activities to help elementary school children and caregivers master the essential skills for making and keeping friends. Natasha knows how to engage her young readers in this thorough, interactive, fun workbook that teaches important behaviors such as having manners, communicating at a friend's house, sharing, compromising, and more. In fact, this book is so useful, I am adapting the activities for teens and adults who struggle with social skills. This workbook offers useful strategies for teachers, parents, counselors, occupational therapists, and anyone else who wants to assist children in navigating the sometimes anxiety-provoking arena of successfully making and keeping friends, at any age.”—Belinda Seiger, PhD, LCSW, Director, OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center of Princeton
About the Author
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.
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.