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Developing Children's Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills

Published in 2009 by Continuum

The importance of developing children's social, emotional and behavioural skills has now been recognised by the Government in two very important initiatives: Every Child Matters and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. This book was written to give teachers a bank of information, ideas and exercises to use in school.

 To my delight, Continuum asked me to write this book. I divided up the content into 68 lessons and revisited topics I'd approached previously to create a fresh approach. Teacher information is on the left of each double page spread and classroom activites and discussions and role plays are given on the opposite page - a format that I found to work well.

Whether the bullying takes the form of physical intimidation, psychological harassment or internet or mobile phone bullying, this book explains the positive steps you can take to stop it and help protect the children in your care.

Bullying is a subject I feel passionate about and I was thrilled when asked to write a book on the subject. I wanted my book to be very different from the others I'd seen on the subject and tried to make it 'holistic' - tackling the problem from all angles. So my book has plenty of information and advice for schools, teachers and parents and gives exercises to do with children and young adults to help stop them becoming and being both bullies and victims. But I don't let the bystanders off either - they need help in accepting the critical role of defender to victims.

I am looking for funding for a book on teenage cancer.

Learn how to help children aged 5 to 16 affected by anxiety related to school attendance.
Many practical strategies are given.
Help children prepare for primary and secondary schools and give photocopiable sheets to teachers to help them understand the diffciulties children have when they are affected by 'school phobia'.

My own daughter was severely affected with school phobia when she was age 5-6. Practical help was hard to come by and even professional help did not provide answers, so I looked for my own. It was only a few years later that I decided to write the book as I had heard of other children having similar difficulties. I realised then that I could help parents - and professionals - support anxious children and assist them on the road to recovery.

The longer school phobia goes on the harder it is to treat and so children - and the rest of their family - suffer for longer.

Forty stories with discussion questions for young people aged 11 to 18. Can be used in Personal Social and Health Education in secondary schools, with young offenders, at home to promote discussion in a family setting and with children who have bullied to help raise empathy for other people.
All research and tips for the person organising the group is given.

I wrote this book to help young people discuss issues that are important without the spotlight being on them - they don't have to talk about personal experiences as events happen to the characters. I want young people to be able to open their minds to there not always being an easy answer, or a right answer, and to accept that there are many kinds of people in the world who have worth.

Help children aged 7 to 16 learn and develop social skills: particularly suitable for very shy and timid children, children with learning difficulties and children with autism spectrum disorders. Also helps raise children's self-esteem and teaches anger management and assertiveness. The book is very practical and gives many tasks and role plays to develop children's social confidence. No special expertise in delivering the course is necessary - all guidance is given.

I wrote this book as I noticed many children have poor social skills - and sometimes parents seemed unaware of this. I had poor awareness of social expectations and the need for different behaviour in different environments with different people as a child.

So I devised a course that parents and professionals can use with children from age 7 to help them be more socially aware. If your child fails to make eye contact on greeting someone or fails to look pleased when there is an expectation that they are pleased - such as when given a gift - then this book is for you.

For use with young adults aged 16+ with mild learning difficulties to help develop their social skills and assertiveness skills. There are many tasks and role plays and can be used in a school or therapy setting with small groups. Can also be used with young people aged 14+ without learning difficulties. All guidance is given, so the person running the course needs no special expertise.

This was the first book I wrote on social skills. My life would have been easier had I had such a book to guide me. Written in hour sessions for parents or professionals to use, young people will gain a good grounding in social skills, social expectations and how they can effectively communicate. Of all the years spent in school it astounds me that this is an area that is sadly neglected - helping people learn to get on with other people through people skills.

An assertiveness training course for sixth formers.

All guidance is given, so the person running the course needs no special expertise.

My very first published book. Once I'd discovered the art of assertiveness myself I wanted to share it with other people. The skills the book teaches helps you get what you want from other people much more effectively than using aggressive or passive methods. The rules can be applied to any relationships and these skills are essential in long term partnerships such as marriage.

Sixth formers are soon to leave the protected school environment to survive in further education, training or work. They have to learn to protect themselves and communicate their needs clearly.

Employers like their employees to be team players and to be able to get on with the people they work with and their customers. Employees are helped by assertiveness skills to also deflect bullying - something that is rife in the work place.