For many, social thinking is hard-wired at birth and strengthens, quite naturally, through progressive experiences and encounters with others. However, for a variety of reasons, some children find it harder to think socially, develop socially and use their social tools suitably when it really counts.
`What's the Buzz?' is the original social skills programme and became an instant best-seller, used by practitioners around the globe with children and young people, helping them to successfully transfer these skills into their everyday lives.
What's the Buzz? For Early Learners :
is a simple, structured programmes to teach students in early learning and early primary school settings, within the 4 to 7 year age range.
is designed to bring children together, including those who may be on the autistic spectrum
explicitly demonstrates methods of how children can get along with one another and nurture friendship groups.
Uses a developmental model to ensure its relevance throughout
By drawing on the modelling of targeted social skills, role play, explicit guidance, feedback and games, this resource is imaginative, very practical and is enhanced with visual materials and worksheets to accompany each lesson.
Also available from Routledge: Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker (2011) What's the Buzz: A Social Skills Enrichment Programme for Primary Students
Mark Le Messurier is a teacher, author, counsellor and coach to young people and their parents. He runs a private clinic where he mentors and facilitates his own What's the Buzz? Groups. http://marklemessurier.com.au Madhavi Nawana Parker is a Behaviour Consultant, author and works in private practice supporting and skilling children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Social and Emotional difficulties. www.madhavinawana.com.au
1. Meeting friends and discovering differences! 2. Joining in 3. Sharing and taking turns 4. Cooperation 5. Waiting 6. Making it better 7. Winning and losing - 'gracefully' 8. Fact or opinion: staying friendly over different ideas 9. Working with feelings 10. Angry feelings 11. Building healthy bodies, happy minds and steady feelings 12. Honesty - 'telling the truth' 13. Saying "No" 14. Empathy 15. Worry - knowing about it, and dealing with it 16. Time to say goodbye