Social Rules for Kids- Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed
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2012 National Parenting Publications Award and Mom's Choice Award
By Susan Diamond ©2011.
Everyone who has attended school knows how difficult navigating the social scene is. Parents often have a difficult time trying to help their kids with the social part of school. Many kids become isolated trying to cope in their social scene. Social Rules for Kids- The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed , helps school aged children, parents, and teachers successfully manage social situations while improving the child's communication, problem-solving, and self esteem.
Social Rules for Kids provides funny, easy to understand and follow rules that makes it easier for kids to make and keep friends. Each page is written in the first person, so kids own the rules. Kids can photocopy the rules and hang them in their room or keep them in their school binder for an easy reminder.
When children make social mistakes, their peers ostracize them and leave them out. They feel hurt and alone. By using these rules, children can learn to make and keep friends and experience social success in their life.
The chapters include rules about:
The rules describe behaviors to follow in school, at home, and in their life. Kids learn what to do and not to do with teasing, standing in line at the cafeteria, instant messaging, phone calling, greetings, compromising, and many more.
By learning how to handle themselves appropriately in social situations, kids become strong and confident and gain the ability to succeed in their life. (Softcover; 65 pages.)
This book provides an extensive and thorough list of social rules covering the most common areas of social challenge for kids with autism. Topics covered include, talking and listening, friends, school, bullying, feelings, body language and manners.
The 100 social rules are clearly outlined and well defined, explaining what to do, what not to do and most importantly, why you should it for many different social situations. They are clearly written and provide a great basis for parents and teachers to work from.
It is important to note that using this book (or copies from the book) directly with children with autism may be overwhelming depending on the child's age and level of understanding as a lot of language is used. Parents and teachers may have to simplify or reword some of the social rules to make them appropriate depending on the child's age, level or the situation.
At the end of the explanation of each social rule there is a helpful "remember" comment to reinforce the main message each rule is trying to get across, as well as a summary of the rules at the end of the book.
I would recommend this book to parents and teachers who work with children with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome. I think it is very helpful in showing how to present and explain social rules and it provides a good basis to work from in writing individualized social rules for the children they work with.
Leslie Fraser, Camp Royal Assistant Director