Best Five Books on Social Skills Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

Best Five Books on Social Skills Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

Interacting with others, reading body language, knowing how to understand and deal with those around you is a challenge for a number of individuals, children and adults alike. What does it take to be a social butterfly? You need social skills and these are a learned behavior that some people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s syndrome have difficulty understanding and putting into practice.

To help people from kids, to teens, to adults learn the hidden rules of social skills/social thinking Special Needs Book Review has picked out the BEST FIVE BOOKS  we reviewed on SOCIAL SKILLS.

Special Needs Book Review is not paid for reviewing books. We are given the books by publishing companies or by the authors with no strings attached.  The reviews and our BEST FIVE BOOKS on SOCIAL SKILLS are entirely our opinions of the books. The books are in random order.

Readers can follow the link in each paragraph to the complete review of each book. Also with each review you can find links where to buy them. Furthermore, many of the authors have participated in our Author Interview Series and you will find a link to the  interviews with the review of their book.

BEST FIVE BOOKS on SOCIAL SKILLS

Social Rules for Kids -The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed  -by Susan Diamond, MA, CCC. Social Rules for Kids -The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed  -by Susan Diamond, MA, CCC. ~ Parents and all who work with children will greatly benefit from the lessons in this book to improve their child’s social interactions. Kids, teachers, therapists, and parents, Susan Diamond has written an invaluable resource to help any child sharpen their social skills and learn to navigate the social world. When I was teaching, Social Rules for Kids, would have been sitting on my desk next to my lesson plans. Parents should all have this book with its many tips to help their child fit it.  By reading the book together, a few rules at a time, it opens the doors to communication with their child and allows them to personalize a social plan, to learn the vocabulary to express feelings about this topic, and gives their child the social skills to get back on the horse bus and interact with their peers. Review

 

 

 You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke  ~  Social Thinking is a way to train your brain to help you figure out the people around you. You are a  Social Thinker each time you are around other people and you are aware that your behavior causes them to have thoughts about you. Having Social Smarts or doing what is expected, helps our brain to know that the things we do or say will give others good thoughts about us and make them feel good too.  The authors wrote,“This isn’t just a book for kids… Our hope is that it will be used as a way to introduce the concepts of Social Thinking to general teachers, para-professionals, parents, caregivers, special educators, grandparents, siblings, day care workers, scout leaders, etc. and of course, to those kids who are learning how to be Social Detectives!”  Review

 

Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults  -by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela CrookeSocially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults  -by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke  ~  Have you ever stopped to think what social thinking involves? Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke do an excellent job of explaining how the social mind is expected to work in order to effectively relate to others at school, at work, in the community and even at home. Social Thinking  is  a way to help you figure out the people around you. Teens and young adults who find it difficult to relate to others, this book is written for you! Caregivers, therapist, educators, siblings, and friends who want to understand and help someone they know navigate our complicated social interactions, read this book.  Review

 

 

 

Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care?  -by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care? A Guidebook for Understanding and Navigating the Social Complexities of the Workplace   -by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke ~ This book is helpful to all adults in the workplace who wish they could blend in and have a better relationship with the others they meet or work with every day. You will benefit greatly from this book if you feel like an awkward stranger around the staff water cooler. You yearn to feel connected to a friend, a group or your co-workers but you have trouble fitting in and getting along. Social thinking is a way to train your brain to help you figure out the people around you.  The authors explain further, ” The thinking part of this process is what we call social thinking; the behaviors you use to convey your message are what people refer to as social skills.” Review

 

 

The New Social Story Book: Over 159 Social Stories  by Carol GrayThe New Social Story Book: Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories™ that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and their Peers  -by Carol Gray ~This edition comes with a CD containing each Social Story in easy-to-edit Word files! With it, you can customize story content and insert images relevant to your child or student’s individual experiences. An invaluable bonus! Gray’s best-selling book offers the ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, but now features over 25 additional Social Stories™ . Gray’s strategically written stories explain social situations in a way children with autism understand, while teaching the social skills children need to be successful at home, at school, and in the community. Review

 

 

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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