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The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

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By (author) Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Foreword by John Elder Robison

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 26mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118127218
  • ISBN 13: 9781118127216
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 97,875

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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. PART ONE: GETTING READY Ch. 1: Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults? PART TWO: THE SCIENCE OF DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING FRIENDSHIPS 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 PART THREE: THE SCIENCE OF HANDLING PEER CONFLICT AND REJECTION: HELPFUL STRATEGIES 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

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Author information

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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This book offers a groundbreaking approach for helping socially challenged teens and young adults make and keep friends. Based on UCLA's acclaimed PEERS program--the only evidence-based approach of its kind in the world--this accessible book and DVD offer the tools parents and educators need to become "social coaches" to the teens and young adults in their lives. Elizabeth Laugeson, an internationally known social skills expert, provides research-supportedRules and steps for social skillsIdeas for parents or other adults to assist in improving conversational skillsTips for expanding social opportunitiesStrategies for handling peer rejection and bullyingPlans for developing and enhancing friendshipsThe book includes chapter summaries for teens and young adults, plus a DVD with video demonstrations that illustrate key skills."Dr. Liz Laugeson has devoted her career to studying the behaviors that lead to social failure and finding ways to teach alternate ways of acting. If you follow the guidelines [in Dr. Laugeson's book], I guarantee you will see greater social success. And that is one of the best predictors of happiness and good life outcome. I can't stress strongly enough what it's meant to me." --John Elder Robison, "New York Times" bestselling author, "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's""More than simply a list of social skills, this book takes readers through an almost chronological journey from how to find a potential group of friends to what to do to make a friend to how to talk to and engage with that person--a journey that is well worth taking."--Catherine Lord, Ph.D., director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain; professor, Columbia University"Coping with the confusing, conflicting, and complex demands of the social world is one of the biggest challenges for those with autism. There is a pressing need for evidence-based interventions to support these young people and Laugeson's book is one of the first to help fill this gap."--Patricia Howlin, emeritus professor of Clinical Child Psychology, King's College London"We often think of friendship as more an art than a science, but Laugeson's work proves otherwise. Accurate, concise, and highly useful, the book sets a new standard for translating research into practice."--Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., clinical director, The Amal Group, and chair of the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research

Table of contents

DVD CONTENTS VII FOREWORD JOHN ELDER ROBISON XI PREFACE XIII ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XV ABOUT THE AUTHOR XVII P A R T O N E GETTING READY 1 WHY TEACH SOCIAL SKILLS TO TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS? 1 P A R T T W O THE SCIENCE OF DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING FRIENDSHIPS 2 FINDING AND CHOOSING GOOD FRIENDS 17 3 GOOD CONVERSATIONS: THE BASICS 51 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 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 P A R T T H R E E 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