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Donna Shea, Director of the Peter Pan Center, and Nadine Briggs, Founder of Simply Social Kids, are passionate about helping kids make and keep friends. They have dedicated themselves to working with children who experience mild to moderate social difficulties. Donna and Nadine understand that social skills go far beyond manners and that all children can improve their relationships with peers and form true friendships. Donna and Nadine both lead community-based social groups at their centers in Massachusetts and have also formed the Social Success in School initiative. This comprehensive group of programs for students, educators, and parents is designed to foster positive social skills and interactions at school, among students to pro-actively prevent bullying before it happens. To learn more visit: www.HowToMakeAndKeepFriends.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456313460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456313463
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stacey Cole on January 15, 2013
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I bought your book off Amazon because my son started middle school (and is coming back to public school after being out of district for 4 years PLUS he is painfully shy) and I thought it would be helpful. I read it and LOVED it. I got it in August and showed my son. He said "Mom, I don't need that - I'm fine." Well, the 1st day of school starts - he comes home and I ask how his day was, etc. - everything was good. I then asked him who he sat with at lunch (my biggest fear for him - the all too scary lunch room :)) - he says to me "Well, I sat at a table with other kids, but didn't talk to anyone & I ate by myself. I was a little sad." As a mother, my heart broke. So, I said to him "Well, I can give you some pointers to start a conversation or join in on one." And I gave him pointers from your book (unbeknownst to him) and he was actually listening. He then goes over to where I had put your book and says "Maybe I can read a couple of the chapters in here." I said "Absolutely - that's what I got it for." Next day, he comes home and told me he sat with another boy at lunch & they talked the whole lunch period. I said "Oh, did he start talking to you?", and he said "No, I started talking to him. I did what you and that book said to do." So, cheers for writing such a wonderful book. It is a fabulous resource. THANK YOU
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I got this hoping it would give my very shy daughter some tips on how to be more comfortable making new friends. Some of the ideas were good, but it is geared more toward kids who may be on the autism spectrum and don't know how to have appropriate interactions with people. It gave more advice on how to not overwhelm people, make eye contact, appropriate physical contact, etc. rather than how to approach people when you are just plain shy. But there were some ideas for that as well.
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I got this book to help my 7 year old son with some issues he is dealing with at school, every night he will always ask if I can read the book with him. The book has great examples and doesn't suggest you "change yourself" in order to have friends like some other books I have read suggested.
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I'm very glad to have found this book. I've made copies for children to use on a daily basis and also to share with friends. I work with children of all ages and some of them really struggle to make lasting relatinships. The book is very easy to understand and has games that adults can play with children. Chapter 9 is titled Managing Conversation Challenges. I applied this to a child relocating to a new school and having to go through an interview process. She found it very helpful. Great Job !
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We purchased this a few months ago to help our socially struggling 7 year old boy (he has a high IQ and low Social Intelligence). We didn't want to make him feel singled out, so we read it to all our kids as a family. We read one tip from this book each night before we read stories to our kids ages 8, 7, & 5. We have been doing this now for several weeks and already I've seen improvement in understanding and implementing social interactions. This book is really for every child and provides a great basis for discussion in our family. We find ourselves reading the tip and then the kids take turns sharing positive and negatives experiences they've had with that tip. It's opened their eyes to a new way of learning social cues. Every family will benefit by reading this book together.
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What makes this book stand out for me is that the Authors are hands on professionals, who understand the struggles that kids face- (and adults!) Think about the first time you had to walk into a party- where you knew no one- that feeling in your stomach...this book addresses that feeling for children. In our society I think we expect kids to be able to "jump in" but what if like many adults they are hesistant because of fear or that "feeling in their stomach"? We expect so much from children- but do we ever really sit down with them and explain; 1. what is a friend? 2. How do you make and keep friends? 3. How do you stay true to who you are but also try to fit in?
This book is one that you will turn to again and again for advice and reminders- as children get older their social challenges change as well- and this book will help you get through all of it. It will open a door for conversation with your children- which is how it all begins- communication.
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For me, 5 stars happens when a book is just over the top as this one is. For typically developing kids or children with social skill deficits, this book puts everyone on the same page. Well laid out, comprehensive, practical, and easily understandable. Many adults should read this. A big shout out to Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea who put together this useful resource. This should be in every library and school media center. Highly recommended.
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Lots of straight-forward, concise tips. Quite helpful to have some of the unwritten rules of social behavior in writing. Useful guide for ways to discuss things with kids that will help them see their behavior from other people's point of view. Also, helpful for adults to find the kid-friendly words to explain why some behaviors are acceptable and others are not.
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