“…this is an impressive, handy resource. It suggests solutions for easily recognizable difficulties, such as aggression or shyness, as well as more subtle ones, such as “not understanding humor” or “rigid thinking.” – Kirkus Review
My son is having a little trouble with a friend- he grabbed your book and started reading sections 3 & 4…. I love this. We have the book on the counter- so if anyone needs some support they know right where to find it. ~ Lisa, Ayer MA
At some point, every child experiences social challenges. Whether your child just needs help with the occasional awkward moment, or is experiencing some really difficult situations, this book comes to the rescue with quick “what-to-do” tips that are easy to learn and can be used right away. Recently, my son invited a friend over, so we reviewed the tips on “How to Be a Good Playdate Host,” and the afternoon went great! We have also used the tips on sharing, attending parties, and working together in groups. The tips offer a nice springboard for conversations about an upcoming situation, or to help process situations after they have occurred. I don’t think this book will ever make it to a shelf in our house – we keep it handy and refer to it almost every day! This is a *must-have* book for every parent! ~ Joan, Acton MA
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. ~ Lisa, Ayer
This is a great book for children, parent’s, educators, and anyone who works with children! I am a principal aide for grades 3 through 5, and deal with many children from different backgrounds and with different disabilities. This book is a wonderful guide to help children make friends and learn how to get along in social situation. ~ Kim, Westford, MA
What a great, practical book!!!! Nicely done! I love it. It clearly identifies the social and problem solving skills that so many people take for granted (and that some just really don’t know) and puts them into a useable, practical, and simple format that not only teaches, but also reminds us ALL about how we can better get along with each other!! Nicely done! ~ Sue Ann Caron, Director of Social Services (NY)
First, I want you to know that I recently purchased your book. I absolutely LOVED what I saw and what I was reading. Only “1” problem – I only had your book in my possession for about an hour when it was confiscated by my daughter-in-law. (I’m hoping to get it back fairly soon so I can read and digest it more). You did a fantastic job. If I were still teaching, for sure I would have used it as part of my curriculum. And, I would have shared it with other teachers (I still might). ~ Charlene W.
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. ~ Adrienne R.
Donna & Nadine, I just wanted to let you both know that I really enjoyed the conference last Saturday. You both did a great job. The format was perfect because you presented such helpful information and allowed plenty of opportunities for questions. I think the most important messages I took out of it were to focus on empathy and foster self-reliance… I am so glad I went! – Conference Attendee
This book is a great resource for myself as well as my daughter. Sometimes when she comes home from school with a situation that happened we will read together in the book, the suggestions on how to handle it.Its always on our coffee table. I find this book such a great support system, as a parent I sometimes question the advise or direction I give my daughter, then I will read what Donna & Nadine suggest, and I realize I am on the right track. – Pam