How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges offers social skills and friendship advice presented in a reference guide format, using lists to quickly discover tips and strategies on a specific topic or social situation to help kids find and make friends.
Book: How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges
by Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea
Our friendship book for kids is a social skills resource for those children who benefit most from direct instruction to get them thinking or learn more effectively using factual materials rather than fictional social stories to succeed socially.
While all children will benefit from the tips in the book, it has been especially beneficial to children with ADHD, Social Anxiety, Asperger’s, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and High Functioning Autism.
Included are simple to implement and immediately actionable tips to navigate everyday social situations that can be challenging or awkward for kids, such as:
- How to Join a Group
- How to Start a Conversation
- How to Handle Strong Emotions & Feelings
- Handling Rejection and Being Excluded
- Dealing with Bullies
- Working Things Out & Sharing Fairly
- Personal Space
- Playground Success
- and much more!
In this updated edition of our first and best-selling friendship book for kids in our series, we have added the “why” of learning each of these skills is essential along with practice questions to inspire discussion and role-playing of different social situations with children.
While geared toward elementary school kids, many teens and adults report they are finding these tips to be a helpful resource.
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About the Author
Donna Shea and Nadine Briggs are both accomplished social-emotional learning specialists. They each facilitate social skills groups at their respective centers in Massachusetts. Donna’s center is The Peter Pan Center for Social and Emotional Growth located in Boxborough and Nadine owns Simply Social Kids in Tyngsborough.
Both Donna and Nadine are parents of children with special needs including ADHD, Anxiety, Sensory Integration, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder and Down Syndrome. Donna and Nadine consult to schools, parent groups, and human service agencies. They are also seasoned public speakers and travel to bring workshops and seminars to schools, conferences, and other venues across the country.
Nadine and Donna are certified in bullying prevention through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center and are creators of the How to Make & Keep Friends Social Success in School Initiative to provide classroom training and team building for school systems. Donna and Nadine also both attained a Specialization in the Foundations of Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.