The Science of Making Friends, (w/DVD): Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

The Science of Making Friends, (w/DVD): Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

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The groundbreaking book that puts the focus on teens and young adults with social challenges

This book offers parents a step-by-step guide to making and keeping friends for teens and young adults with social challenges—such as those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar, or other conditions. With the book’s concrete rules and steps of social etiquette, parents will be able to assist in improving conversational skills, expanding social opportunities, and developing strategies for handling peer rejection.

Each chapter provides helpful overview information for parents; lessons with clear bulleted lists of key rules and steps; and expert advice on how to present the material to a teen or young adult. Throughout the book are role-playing exercises for practicing each skill, along with homework assignments to ensure the newly learned skills can be applied easily to a school, work, or other "real life" setting. The bonus DVD shows role-plays of skills covered, demonstrating the right and wrong way to enter conversations, schedule get-togethers, deal with conflict, and much more.

Ch. 1: Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults?

Ch. 2: Finding and Choosing Good Friends
Ch. 3: Good Conversations: The Basics
Ch. 4: Starting and Entering Conversations
Ch. 5: Exiting Conversations
Ch. 6: Managing Electronic Communication
Ch. 7: Showing Good Sportsmanship
Ch. 8: Enjoying Successful Get-Togethers

Ch. 9: Dealing With Arguments
Ch. 10: Handling Verbal Teasing
Ch. 11: Addressing Cyber Bullying
Ch. 12: Minimizing Rumors and Gossip
Ch. 13: Avoiding Physical Bullying
Ch. 14: Changing a Bad Reputation

Epilogue: Moving Forward

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118127216
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Edition description: With DVD
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 355,311
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

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Table of Contents

DVD Contents vii

Foreword John Elder Robison xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xvii

Part One Getting ready

1 Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults? 1

Part Two The Science of Developing and Maintaining Friendships

2 Finding and Choosing Good Friends 17

3 Good Conversations: The Basics 51

4 Starting and Entering Conversations 97

5 Exiting Conversations 121

6 Managing Electronic Communication 145

7 Showing Good Sportsmanship 179

8 Enjoying Successful Get-Togethers 199

Part Three The Science of Handling Peer Conflict and Rejection: Helpful Strategies

9 Dealing with Arguments 231

10 Handling Verbal Teasing 247

11 Addressing Cyber Bullying 267

12 Minimizing Rumors and Gossip 281

13 Avoiding Physical Bullying 307

14 Changing a Bad Reputation 323

Epilogue: Moving Forward 341

How to Use the DVD 348

Bibliography 349

Index 359

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