Children, particularly those with special needs, can require considerable help in learning how to relate to other people and how to behave positively and appropriately in social situations. In this practical and helpful book, Marianna Csoti emphasises the benefits that learning communication and social skills can have for these children, including better friendships and increased self-esteem. The numerous detailed tasks and practical examples enable parents, professionals and carers to work with children on improving their social skills and social awareness, and respecting themselves and other people. Topics covered include:
Helping children with special needs
Making and keeping friends
Feelings, including shyness and anger
Suitable for use with children aged 7-16, on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, this practical and comprehensive book will be an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to help children to increase their social understanding and awareness.
Marianna Csoti is a houseparent at an international sixth form college located in Glamorgan, responsible for the pastoral care of students aged 16-20. She is the author of People Skills for Young Adults, published by Jessica Kingsley, and Assertiveness for Young Adults.
Introduction. 1. Children with special needs; professional and parental help. 2. Improving a child's self-esteem. 3. Friends. 4. Roles and rules. 5. Social rules and expected social behaviour. 6. Introducing body language. 7. Using body language. 8. Assertiveness. 9. Handling feelings. 10. Anger. 11. Social situations. 12. Social safety. 13. Communication skills for improving the quality of the child's relationships. 14. The art of gifts and compliments. 15. Helping and caring skills. Summary. Parental page: suggestions to reinforce the course. Index.