How to Make & Keep Friends

How to Make & Keep Friends : Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success

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How to Make and Keep Friends: Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success is the how-to manual for parents of children with social challenges and is the 2nd in the series of books authored by social-emotional learning experts, Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea. The co-authors of the How to Make and Keep Friends book series have more than 30 years of combined experience in social coaching children.

The easy-to-read format of their book outlines the common barriers that hinder friendships. It provides actionable tips for overcoming those obstacles and includes suggested language for parents to use to provide support to their kids during social interactions. We cover topics that include: Overly silly behavior;
Difficulty with transitions;Shyness or anxiety;Bossy and demanding behaviors;Lack of empathy or respect;Poor self-modulation; and many others.

Parents play a vital role in the formation of social skills and helping their child find and keep friends. How to Make and Keep Friends: Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success shows parents how to guide their children toward meaningful social connections.

While any parent and child can benefit from these tips, they are particularly useful for children with special needs that impact their socialization skills. Donna and Nadine, and also both moms of children with social struggles and have used these coaching tips successfully over many years.

In this companion to their best-selling friendship book for kids, How To Make and Keep Friends: Tips For Kids To Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges, they share their easy-to-implement techniques for coaching kids toward attaining, sustaining, and generalizing improved social skills.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 200g
  • North Charleston SC
  • English
  • 1499358806
  • 9781499358803
  • 182,579

About Nadine Briggs

Donna Shea and Nadine Briggs are both accomplished social-emotional learning specialists. They each facilitate social skills groups at their respective centers in Massachusetts. Donna's center is The Peter Pan Center for Social and Emotional Growth located in Boxborough and Nadine owns Simply Social Kids in Tyngsborough. Both Donna and Nadine are parents of children with special needs including ADHD, Anxiety, Sensory Integration, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder and Down Syndrome. Donna and Nadine consult to schools, parent groups, and human service agencies. They are also seasoned public speakers and travel to bring workshops and seminars to schools, conferences, and other venues across the country. Nadine and Donna are certified in bullying prevention through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center and are creators of the How to Make & Keep Friends Social Success in School Initiative to provide classroom training and team building for school systems. Donna and Nadine also both attained a Specialization in the Foundations of Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Donna and Nadine would love to hear your feedback on their books, speak with you about providing programming in your area, or keep in touch with you about new books and materials. Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Email them at or Visit them online at and sign up to receive updates and their weekly blog posts.
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