Resources

Social Skills

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Lending Library - Books (10)

Lending Library - DVDs (2)

Books

Dandelion Seed, The
by Joseph Anthony
The Humble Dandelion. By roadside or mountainside, it flowers every month of the year throughout the world, a fitting symbol of life. Its journey is our journey, filled with challenge, wonder and beauty. Its story is a mystery too great to fathom, told so even a child can understand.

Do You Want to be My Friend?
by Eric Carle
"Do you want to be my friend?" a little gray mouse asks a bushy brown tail, which turns out to belong to an unfriendly horse. The little mouse follows a trail of tails that all belong to large, unfriendly creatures - until the very last tail, which is attached to another mouse who answers "Yes." Ages: 2-4

Group Exercises For Enhancing Social Skills & Self-Esteem (Vol. 1 & 2)
by SiriNam S. Khalsa
The author provides therapists and educators with clear, creative, and effective methods for helping people of all ages help themselves. Each exercise seeks to enhance personal growth through communication and insight in a safe and nonthreatening manner. (professionals)

Hidden Curriculum, The: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in social Situations
by Brenda Smith Myles, Melisa L. Trautman & Ronda L. Schelvan
This remarkable guidebook is invaluable for helping persons with social-cognitive difficulties make sense of unspoken rules and expectations that govern how we interact with others in everyday life. In a well-written, straightforward and friendly style, the authors provide excellent insights and sensible tools that draw from a wealth of research and experience.

Listen and Learn
by Cheri J. Meiners, M. Ed.
This gentle, encouraging book introduces and explains what listening means, why it's important, and how to listen well. Realistic examples and full-color illustrations bring the concepts to life. The focus throughout is on the positive results of being a good listener. Ages: 4-8 Children's Library

Nobody Knew What To Do
by Becky Ray McCain
What do you do when you see someone being bullied? Often the observer is scared and doesn't know what to do. This beautifully illustrated book examines the feelings of the "bystander" child who sees another child bullied. It offers solutions and gives hope to the child who is relieved not to be the one chosen by the bullies and afraid that he/she might be next on their list. Children's Library Grade level: 1-4

Simon's Hook
by Karen Gedig Burnett
When Simon is teased by his friends it's Grandma Rose to the rescue. By comparing teases to fishing hooks, Grandma Rose shows Simon how to avoid getting caught. This delightful book helps children of all ages learn to be "free fish" and not bite at the teases that are tossed their way. Children's Library

Stop Picking on Me
by Pat Thomas
A picture book that explores the difficult issue of bullying in reassuringly simple terms. As the fears, worries, and questions surrounding bullying are explored, the author inserts convenient break points with pertinent questions. This allows the reader to personalize the issue with the children to whom the book is being presented. Children's Library Grade level: 1-4

The Brand New Kid
by Katie Couric
When a student who doesn't look or speak like the other students enters school, he is taunted and teased. One girl, Ellie, reaches out and together they teach their classmates an important lesson - people aren't different from each other after all. Children's Library

Too Small For The Team: The Berenstain Bears
Random House
Sister Bear is a super soccer player. She's fast on her feet. She twists and turns like a pro. She kicks the ball with the power of a cub twice her size. She's a shoo-in at soccer tryouts...except for one little problem Sister Bear is too small for the team. Coach Brown thinks so. The soccer team thinks so. Even her family and friends think she is setting her sights a little too high. Will Sister Bear make the team? Or will she be stuck on the sidelines?

DVDs

First Impressions: Attitude

Body language, tone of voice, mannerisms, conduct & demeanor - those hard-to-pin-down personal strategies that make the crucial difference between a successful social contact or job interview and a failure. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

Mind Your Manners: Lessons in Social Conduct
James Stanfield Company Inc.
This DVD set illustrates for teenagers and young adults with special needs the social behaviors or good manners that will help them fit in and feel comfortable in a variety of situations: at home, at meals, at school, in public, and while meeting people and making conversation.

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