The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends

The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends

by James J. Crist Ph.D.

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Whether kids find socializing as natural as smiling or as hard as learning a foreign language, this book can help them improve their social skills so they can better enjoy the benefits of friendship. Practical advice covers everything from breaking the ice to developing friendships to overcoming problems. True-to-life vignettes, “what would you do?” scenarios, voluminous examples, quizzes to test learning, “Try This” assignments for practicing techniques, and advice from real kids make this an accessible life-skills handbook.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575424729
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2014
Edition description: The Free Spirit Survival Guides for Kids
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 591,089
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Award-winning author James J. Crist is the clinical director and a staff psychologist at the Child and Family Counseling Center in Woodbridge, Virginia, where he provides psychological testing and individual, couples, and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Crist is also an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. He conducts workshops on topics including ADHD, Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, anger management, parenting skills, effective discipline strategies, and more. He is the author of several books for young people, including What to Do When You’re Cranky & Blue, What to Do When You’re Scared & Worried, Mad: How to Deal with Your Anger and Get Respect, and Siblings: You’re Stuck with Each Other So Stick Together (with Elizabeth Verdick). He lives in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Table of Contents


A Friendly Introduction

Chapter 1: What’s the Big Deal About Friends?

Chapter 2: Ten Tips for Meeting and Making New Friends

Chapter 3: Five More Friendship Skills (And Four Friendship Flubs to Avoid)

Chapter 4: How to Keep Friendships Going Strong

Chapter 5: Get-Togethers: Being a Host with the Most and a Guest Who’s the Best

Chapter 6: How Autism, ADHD, and Other Disorders Affect Friendships

Chapter 7: How to Handle Fights, Hurt Feelings, and Other Friendship Troubles

Chapter 8: When Friendships End

Chapter 9: The Next Step: Being the Best Friend You Can Be

A Note to Grown-Ups



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The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SocialIQ More than 1 year ago
Most kids want friends.  Good friends make kids happier and healthier and less likely to feel stressed and lonely.   But many kids don't make friends easily and they don't know what to do about it.  Parents do the best they can to help guide them.   This book is written for the child who wants answers to social questions like these:  "How do I invite a friend to sleep over?", "What do I say if my friend tells me his parents are getting a divorce?", "What if I wind up hurting my friends feelings by accident?"  Through quizzes, fun activities, and entertaining advice, Dr. Crist's "The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends" helps kids learn and practice friendship skills.  Chapters like "How to Handle Fights, Hurt Feelings, and Other Friendship Troubles", how to handle it "When Friendships End", and "Seven Tips for Growing Friendships", Crist get to the heart of the matter in a simple, relatable way that kids  will want to read to the very end.