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Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself Paperback – June 15, 2005

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“A handy resource for all youth workers and educators.”—Youth Today



“Excellent communication book. . . . Do-able skills written in kid-friendly vernacular”—Youthworker


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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421827
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with Dr. Ross's editorial review that "everything about this book is perfect for children." Speak Up and Get Along is a great resource to help kids survive and succeed especially in their social worlds at school. It is clear and easy for them to read. The best thing about it is that there are a lot examples of how to actually deal with bullying and teasing, arguments, peer pressure and making and keeping friends. Each chapter has easy tools for kids to use and the illustrations help.The chapter on talking back to negative thoughts was really helpful. It gives very specific ways that kids can do this. I really recommend this as a gift for the children in your life.
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My daughter is only six years old, but she battles not so much with bullies, but with her perception of what people think of her based on how personally she takes things they say. I didn't find the part about dealing with the bullies too useful at this age, although sounded great for older kids because it is very broken down from why they might be acting out to what exactly you could say, but the information on how to deal with your own thoughts and realize when you or your child might have "everything is terrible" thoughts and how to deal with them is outstanding. I always say "try to stay and think positive and look at the bright side" but the tools they have here and the specific examples are broken down in a much more useful way that helps them understand HOW to make something positive. Being so young, I'm hoping she can adapt these tools and build on them for the rest of her life. Some of this would even be helpful for adults that are always seeing the bad side and expecting the worst. Reading it with her helps me to reinforce the ideas later on the way they explained it and I can also add a few examples of my own that are personally fit to her issues. The Thought Chop and But Twist are very strong tools that can change so much. For those two tools alone, I give this five stars, but there is so much more information in here to help kids deal with life. Not everything will apply to your situation, but find the stuff that does and you won't be sorry.
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I'm impressed at the tools available in this book. It is very well-written and put together in an easy format. It has boosted my kids' (age 9) self confidence. I love how the author covers tone of voice and body language as well as verbal tools.

Great book!
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As we all know, dealing with peers is one of the most difficult - but essential - skills our children need to learn. In a search for material that could be used for teaching effective problem-solving, assertive communication and negotiation skills, I discovered this book and ordered a copy. I found some of the ideas a bit silly-sounding but figured it might work with young children, so I have developed small "plays" using the book's dialogues to set up the scenarios for my kids to enact. They love it! Now I am expanding this activity to include all students from 1st-6th grade with the hope that learning these skills will help reduce bullying and enhance their communication skills. My only criticism is that the material presented in the book is a bit disjointed and hard to read. I'm not sure what audience the author was writing to, but I felt it too childish to be taken seriously as an adult and too abstract to hold the attention of a child; however, the basic principles are sound and the imagery of the language does appeal to the child in all of us.
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I've used "Speak Up and Get Along" as an in-class textbook for my Karate students, both children and adults, with great success.

The simple lessons and role-play exercises are easy to understand, and simple to use, even with children who are just starting to read. The organization of the book, using various types of birds as images to illustrate an entire suite of social skills, is very helpful as well -- the tools of the Blue Jay are all about being assertive when you need to. I've recommended this book to a number of my professional colleagues, many of whom are using it with their students (and children) as well.

A useful companion volume is "Sticks and Stones", also by Scott Cooper. It shares the same basic structure, with additional explanations, scripts for parents/teachers, and additional role-plays.

A word about the role-plays: be prepared to practice with them several times to really internalize the skills involved. Running through them once or twice and then just moving on to the next thing is won't get you very far in acquiring usable skills from the text. Practice with them over and over, just as you would to learn a new martial arts technique. Don't confuse understanding the various tools here with the ability to actually use them -- that takes dedicated practice.
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Purchased for an 11 y.o. girl at Christmas \who's been having trouble standing up for herself in social situations. She read it cover-to-cover the next day and has had the guts to tell off 2 peers giving her trouble since. Now her uncle (41) wants to read it!
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My 9 year old son has Asperger's. I put this book where he could find it a few days ago, and he has thanked me for it three times in the last two days. He is already using the strategies at school.
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