Make Social Learning Stick! How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence Through Everyday Routines and Activities
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- Ages: 4-11
- Pages: 96
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9781937473839
- Published: 2014
Children need consistent exposure to social examples, as well as explanations and practice throughout the day to build social and emotional competence. Make Social Learning Stick! provides a user-friendly structure and fun and easy activities that help parents and professionals do just that.
Over 185 activities demonstrate numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily routines. Events like getting ready for school, preparing dinner, going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. By making a "social learning diet" part of everyday life, kids develop verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking, emotional regulation and more.
Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to inspire creativity that suits each specific child. Activities can be easily tailored to meet a child's developmental level, needs, or challenges. Leading experts in a variety of therapy and development fields such as Michelle Garcia Winner, Kari Dunn Buron, Sarah Ward, Leah Kuypers, Pamela Wolfberg, and Emily Rubin contributed to the book, helping to make it a parent's handy guide to building comfort and skills in social settings, from the dinner table to the schoolyard, to the greater community.
Michelle Garcia Winner, the Founder of Social Thinking, says:
"Make Social Learning Stick! will be welcomed by parents and teachers alike! In easy-to-understand language, Elizabeth Sautter provides over 185 activities that support social skills development during daily routines and across various settings, from home to school to community. Readers learn to take advantage of the many natural teaching moments that pop up every day to encourage a child's social learning."