Plummer, Deborah

Social skills games for children - London Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2008 - 176 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Pt. 1. Theoretical and practical background
Introduction
Understanding social skills
Why use games to support social skills?
Structuring the emotional environment
Transfer and maintenance of skills
Self-reflection and self-care
Pt. 2. Games for social skills
Non-competitive ways to choose groups and group leaders
Getting to know each other: warm-ups and ice-breakers
Staying on track: self-awareness and self-control
Tuning in: exploring effective listening and effective observation
More than just talking: communication skills
You and me: exploring feelings and developing empathy
You and me together: building cooperation and negotiation skills
Got it! Solving problems in group interactions
Wind-downs and celebrations

"Featuring a wealth of familiar and easy-to-learn games, this practical handbook is designed to foster successful social strategies for children aged 5-12, and will help adults to understand and encourage children's social skills." "The book covers the theory behind the games in accessible language, and includes a broad range of enjoyable activities, active and passive, verbal and non-verbal, for different sized groups. Deborah M. Plummer addresses issues that might arise when supporting children with a range of communication differences, including children with learning difficulties, and offers a variety of cognitive and behavioural strategies to help children to reinforce the skills explored in the games." "This is an ideal resource for teachers, parents, carers and all those working to improve the social skills of children." - BOOK JACKET. Written by a registered speech and language therapist and imagework practitioner with over 20 years experience, this book features 81 games designed to foster successful social strategies for children aged five to twelve.
Covers the theory behind the games in accessible language and includes a broad range of activities, both active and passive, verbal and non-verbal, for different sized groups. Focuses on non-competitive games where the enjoyment and the challenge come from the process itself rather than from winning.
Addresses issues that might arise when supporting children with a range of communication differences, including children with learning difficulties, and offers a variety of cognitive and behavioural strategies to help children reinforce explored in the games.
The games and activities are divided into nine section, including warm-ups and warm-downs and each game is marked with a set of symbols indicating youngest age suitable for playing the game, duration, size of group, amount of speaking involved or non-verbal and the foundation ability or specific skill used or developed by playing the game.
Suitable for teachers, parents, carers and all those working to improve the social skills of children.

9781843106173


SOCIAL SKILLS
GAMES
PLAY THERAPY
COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS
LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
CHILDREN

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