Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 320 pages £22.99
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, the benefits that learning communication and social skills can have for these children are emphasised, 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 include: helping children with special needs; making and keeping friends; social rules; body language; feelings, including shyness and anger; listening skills and social safety.
Suitable for use with children aged 7 to 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.
Reviewer: C. from Leicester, Leics United Kingdom (pasted from Amazon.co.uk 7/7/2004)
This book was just what I'd been looking for over some time to help my 8-year old with ADHD. It has helped me to approach and help him overcome his oversensitivity, extreme lack of self-esteem and his literal interpretation of words and actions. It goes right to the heart of what's needed and is the best book on this theme that I've encountered in English rather than American. I greatly admire the American approach and literature but sometimes the emphasis just doesn't fit quite right.
I recommend this book for anyone wanting to give their child a head start with self awareness and confidence and social skills, whether with special needs or no difficulties - it is written for all children. Its language is without jargon and its clarity and accessibility make it easy to use for all parents.
Jill Curtis, Senior Psychotherapist to be found at: www.familyonwards.com
Book review to be found at: http://www.kingstonspecialneedsproject.org.uk/bookstorereview13.html
'This book is highly recommended for parents and teachers of 7-16 year-olds who would like to help the children improve their social understanding and awareness.
Csóti explains the benefits that learning communication and social skills have for all children, but especially those with special needs. Teaching kids to relate to other people and to behave appropriately in social settings can help them to make friends and improve their self-esteem. The book has several tasks to be worked on with a child, mostly on a one-to-one basis, although it would be possible to adapt some of the exercises for group work.'
'I particularly liked the opening set of questions, beginning with: 'Are you shy?' 'Are you often ignored?' 'Do you feel you are not liked or admired by other people?' If your child answers 'yes' to these questions then this book will be helpful for you both.'
'I believe Social Awareness Skills for Children cannot fail to give any child a boost of self-esteem, and among other things help a child make and keep friends, get along with other people, understand how to accept a compliment, and how to be tactful. Who could ask for more? It is a very interactive book and in this way it will also encourage parents to think about what they do, say and expect from their child.'
'A must for parents, teachers and other professionals working with children who need an extra bit of help with social skills.'
Caroline Hensby - www.adders.org
‘A super book for parents, carers and teachers whose children need that extra special help to get on with others and move with success into adult life.’
Jane Bestwood, counsellor of children and young people, in Special, Autumn 2001
'…Social Awareness Skills for Children, a volume which is - quite literally - packed with ideas for those working (and living) with young people aged 7-16. This is not a 'course' as such, which teachers and others can use to follow step-by-step. Rather, the book is a pretty exhaustive compendium of approaches to nurturing self-esteem which professionals and parents can dip into as appropriate… I feel sure that most people committed to enhance the social inclusion of children and young people will find something of value here - such is the exhaustive manner in which Csóti has surveyed the personal, social and health education 'curriculum'. The book is especially useful in that it provides a huge range of exercises, role-plays and so on, which teachers and others can easily adapt for their own specific purposes... a volume whihc will surely make its mark in the literature of what will continue to be a crucial area.'
Sarah Smith, AFASIC News 2001
'As one who has spent time practising pleasant remarks to make while opening birthday presents with a child, to say nothing of the planning and effort needed to interpret the world to children with communication or social difficulties, I seized on this book. It contains lists, role-plays, questions and exercises on a huge range of skills from improving a child's self-esteem to body language, from developing friendship to anger management. This book could help provide a firm anchor to help in the challenging task of developing social awareness in children with difficulties.'
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
'This book is a useful resource for child mental health professionals, either to work through with children (perhaps selectively), to supervise parents or carers helping a child, or simply to pick up some useful tips to add to one's clinical toolkit.'
Speach, newsletter of PEACH
'I highly recommend reading this book to anyone involved with a child at the advanced stages of ABA and/or 'Theory of Mind'. The book is aimed at 7-16-year-olds who need help in being able to become socially aware.'