Saturday, November 26, 2016

A YouthLight, Inc. Book Review: Next Steps to Social Success - Teaching Children More Advanced Skills to Help Them Deal with Social Challenges

As school counselors we come into contact with numerous children with a multitude of needs. Today, many of our students do not come to school with an understanding or knowledge of how to establish friendships. Social skills could be summarized as the personal skills needed for successful social communication and interaction with others. This book is a great tool to teach students just that, social communication and interaction with others. This is the second book in a series and it builds on the first book called, First Steps to Social Success. The book covers four areas: Building Friendships, Managing Friendships, Handling Friendship Problems and Social Skills in the Classroom. There is a CD for easy reproducibles, a pre/post test to assist with data collection, lesson procedures, graphic cue cards and digital interactive summary activities.

What I like most about this book is that if you are new counselor or a seasoned counselor who is not familiar with data collection or how to run small groups, it's a great model. The book also provides great lesson plans, thereby teaching newer counselors what school counseling lesson plans should look like. Lastly, this book is by Diane Senn and Diane has a strong history of making school counselor friendly books with concepts that are easy to implement.



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