Why Will No One Play with Me?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive

Why Will No One Play with Me?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive


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From renowned parent expert Caroline Maguire, Why Will No One Play with Me? is a groundbreaking program that has helped thousands of children struggling with social skills to make friends, find acceptance, and have a happy childhood.

Every parent wants their child to be okay—to have friends, to be successful, to feel comfortable in his or her own skin. But many children lack important social and executive functioning skills that allow them to navigate through the world with ease.

In-demand parenting expert and former Hallowell Center coach Caroline Maguire has worked with thousands of families dealing with chronic social dilemmas, ranging from shyness to aggression to ADHD, and more. In this groundbreaking book, she shares her decade-in-the-making protocol—The Play Better Plan— to help parents coach children to connect with others and make friends. Children of all ages—truly, from Kindergarten to college age— will gain the confidence to make friends and get along with others, using tools such as:
*Social Sleuthing: learn to pay attention to social cues

*Post-Play Date Huddles: help kids figure out what to look for in a friendship
*Reflective Listening: improve your child's relationship with their peers

With compassion and ease, this program gives parents a tangible, easy-to-follow guide for helping kids develop the executive function and social skills they need to thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538714836
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 375,455
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. is a personal coach who works with children with ADHD and the families who support them. Caroline earned her ACCG from the ADD Coach Academy and her PCC from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also received a Master of Education from Lesley University. Her revolutionary coaching program and methodology helps teach executive function skills to children, teenagers, and young adults. She is a former coach for the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, MA. While with the Hallowell Center, Caroline was the main coach for children and teenagers. Caroline also co-led social skills groups and consulted with local schools.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I What's the Story?

1 What's the Story? 3

2 Executive Function: The Brain's Ship Captain for Social Navigation 19

3 Parenting with a Playbook: You're a Natural, Coach 37

4 The Seven Things Everyone Needs to Be Able to Do to Be Socially Successful 45

Part II The Ploy Better Plan The Coach's Playbook: Coaching Guides, Questionnaires, and Tools

5 The Eight Elements of Highly Effective Social Skills Coaching 53

6 The Processing Style Questionnaire: Assessing Your Child's Strengths, Interests, and Processing Style 64

7 The Executive Function Questionnaire: Assessing Your Child's Executive Function Social Skills 74

8 The EFQ Lesson Tracks at a Glance: Bridge to Betterment and How Will You Know? 84

9 Introducing the Play Better Plan to Your Child: The Interactive Conversation Guide 97

10 Home Advantage: In-Home Coaching and Practice Build Basic Skills 110

Part III The Play Better Executive Function Social Skills Tracks

11 The Starter Track for Everyone! 117

12 Flexible Me: Flexibility/Adaptability 143

13 Mind Your PEAS and Cues: Reading the Room 157

14 Who Is Your Audience?: Shifting Communication to Meet the Needs of the Audience 175

15 Build on That: Friendship Communication 190

16 Friendship Is a Two-Way Street: How Fast Do You Go? 206

17 Learning to Walk in Someone Else's Shoes: Taking Another Person's Point of View 226

18 Once Was Enough: Self-Regulation 238

19 Never Let Them See You Sweat: Emotional Regulation 250

Part IV The Ploy Better Plan: To Playdates and Beyond

20 The Playdate Planner: How to Line Them Up and Plan Them Well 269

21 Playdates: Coaching from the Sidelines 278

22 How'd It Go?: Debriefing and the Post-Playdate Huddle 286

23 Troubleshooting: How to Make the Most of Snags, Setbacks, and Resistance 297

24 You've Got This! 304

Acknowledgments 309

Appendix 315

Playdate Observation Log 315

Playdate Planning Checklist 317

Reward Chart 319

Social Spy Badge 321

The Play Better Pocket Coach 321

References 325

Index 343

About the Authors 355

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