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Making Friends, PreK–3

Making Friends, PreK–3
A Social Skills Program for Inclusive Settings

Second Edition

November 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin
Helping students develop healthy social skills is childÆs playResearch shows that a child's social and behavioral skills affect the development of cognitive and physical abilities. Set students on a path to success and have fun doing it with this activity-packed second edition of Wanna Play. The authors provide hundreds of activities that help children learn how to behave appropriately and make friends. Included are tools for teaching emotion regulation, team playing, and body safety to all children, making this resource ideal for use in inclusive settings. New features include:A social interaction checklist for identifying learners' strengths and weaknessesTeacher-friendly activities that can be used in small groups or with the whole classA chapter on teaching emotions and communication skillsStudents with social challenges benefit from direct instruction, and early intervention helps prevent behavior problems and pave the way to academic success. This hands-on guidebook gives teachers, counselors, behavior therapists, and caregivers a wealth of easily implemented and fun-filled ways to enhance children's skills in all areas of social interaction.
About the Authors
Introduction: Welcome to the Wanna Play Program
Guidelines for Curriculum Success
How to Use this Book
Social Interaction Checklist
Unit 1: Discovering Social Skills
Lesson 1.1: What Are Social Skills?

Lesson 1.2: Making New Friends

Lesson 1.3: Building Friendships

Lesson 1.4: Relationships With Different Types of Friends

Unit 2: Using Appropriate Eye Contact for Interaction
Lesson 2.1: What Is Eye Contact?

Lesson 2.2: Looking to Talk

Lesson 2.3: Looking to Listen

Lesson 2.4: Looking to Learn

Lesson 2.5: Interest in Others

Unit 3: Social Skills for Interacting With Friends
Lesson 3.1: Fun With Friends

Lesson 3.2: Sweet Words/ Kind Words

Lesson 3.3: Safe Body/ Body Safety

Lesson 3.4: Playing Together

Unit 4: Appropriate Body Behavior
Lesson 4.1: Introduction to Body Awareness

Lesson 4.2: Body Needs--Strengths and Weaknesses

Lesson 4.3: Personal Play Space

Lesson 4.4: Body Privacy

Lesson 4.5: Modesty/Hygiene

Lesson 4.6: Appropriate Bodies in Different Environments

Unit 5: Appropriate Emotional Behavior
Lesson 5.1: What Are Emotions and How Do We Show Them?

Lesson 5.2: Choosing How We React

Lesson 5.3: Staying Calm When We Don't Get Along

Lesson 5.4: Appropriate Ways of Sharing Our Emotions

Unit 6: Appropriate Behavior in a Group
Lesson 6.1: Listening in a Group

Lesson 6.2: Socializing With Peers in a Group

Lesson 6.3: Learning in a Group

Lesson 6.4: Following Directions in Groups

Unit 7: Playing Games
Lesson 7.1: Sportsmanship/Cheering and Encouragement

Lesson 7.2: Going First

Lesson 7.3: Who Won?

Lesson 7.4: Playing Friends' Games

Lesson 7.5: Outside Games

Lesson 7.6: Indoor Games

Appendix A: Friendship Cards
Appendix B: Worksheets and Materials

"The overall attitude is fun, upbeat, and positive, as the guidelines stress the adults involved should be, and involves facilitated free play where the adult actively observes interactive play and looks for opportunities to offer prompts from the lessons and activities."

Building Blocks, A Special Needs Magazine, December 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters


Unit 1: Discovering Social Skills

Ruth Herron Ross

Ruth Herron Ross, owner and author of The Wanna Play Program, holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Beaver College and a Master of Science in Special Education and Specialty Reading from St. Joseph’s University. She is currently working on her BCBA. Ruth has dedicated her life to the education of children with special needs and the autism community. Ruth has work with children from ages two to seventeen and is trained in a variety of one-on-one early intervention and therapeutic programs such as ABA, Floortime, Son-Rise, and Interactive Metronome. Her 15 years of education experiences, combined with... More About Author

Elizabeth L. Roberts-Pacchione

Beth and Ruth have been successfully using their education, personal experience, and passion in children’s social development for over a decade. They found that children were not applying the social skills they had learned into school and community settings. There were few programs dealing with socialization that accommodated children on many different interactive levels. They developed a curriculum that was flexible and easily personalized for the specific needs of each child. This insight has evolved into The Wanna Play Program.Ruth Herron Ross and Beth Roberts have been successfully using The Wanna Play Program’s techniques with... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412981132