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It's So Much Work To Be Your Friend - Book
It's So Much Work To Be Your Friend - Book
It's So Much Work To Be Your Friend offers practical strategies to help children with learning issues ages 6 through 16 navigate the treacherous social waters of their school, home, and community. Lavoie examines the special social issues and provides proven methods and step-by-step instructions for helping our children through almost any social situation, including choosing a friend, going on a playdate, conducting a conversation, reading body language, overcoming shyness and low self-esteem, keeping track of belongings, living with siblings, and adjusting to new settings and situations. "Life without friends is a lonely and barren existence," but that's a common fate for children who fail to develop proper social skills. Lavoie eschews sink-or-swim and carrot-and-stick approaches, and stresses communication and patience for parents looking to guide their children through the maze of social interactions encountered daily, from arranging successful play dates and navigating the hidden curriculum of school, to language difficulties, social anxieties and family issues. Lavoie, who has taught and worked in the special education field for over 30 years, shows how to detect learning disabilities, discusses their impact on a child's social development and provides strategies (most notably his "Social Skill Autopsy") for implementing behavior change. Organized by the different types of social skills-those commonly used at home, at school and in the community-Lavoie's text is refreshingly free of jargon and is suitable for both spot- and cover-to-cover reading. Though aimed at parents of learning disabled children, this comprehensive guide will be handy for any parent whose child has trouble socializing at school or home.
Price: $17.00

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