Social Skills Resources


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Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them. Patty Kelley Criswell

Here’s all you need to know about making friends and making friendships last. The book includes tips and quizzes, plus true friendship stories.

Dude, That’s Rude! (Get Some Manners). Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth Verdick, (ages 8 to 13)

“Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more … It seems like light reading, but it’s serious stuff: Manners are major social skills, and this book gives kids a great start.”

The Behavior Survival Guide For Kids: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble. Tom McIntyre


The How Rude!™ Handbook of Friendship & Dating Manners for Teens Surviving the Social Scene. Alex Packer

Is there a proper way to make new friends? Is teasing always rude? What can you do about friendship problems? How can you show a girl (or guy) that you like her (or him)? What's the best way to ask someone out . . . and who pays for the date? This book answers these questions and many more. Along the way, teens learn the basics of polite behavior with friends and more-than-friends-and laugh out loud while learning.


The How Rude!™ Handbook of School Manners for Teens: Civility in the Hallowed Halls. Alex Packer

What counts as rude behavior in school? What can you do when a teacher is rude? What's the best way to handle bullies and bigots? Here's sound advice (touched with humor) for teens who want to make school more bearable.


Our Friendship Rules. Peggy Moss & Dee Dee Tardif, Illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis,

It's pretty easy to join the cool crowd. All you have to do is ditch your best friend first....


Speak Up and Get Along! Scott Cooper
“What if every kid had a handy toolbox of ways to get along with others? That’s just what this book is: a collection of 21 concrete strategies kids can pull out and use to express themselves, build relationships, end arguments and fights, halt bullying, and beat unhappy feelings.

The Deal with It Series helps adolescents cope with conflicts in everyday life and aims to promote peaceful homes, schools and communities:

Bullying: Deal with It Before Push Comes to Shove. Elaine Slavens & Brooke Kerrigan

Arguing: Deal with It Word by Word. Elaine Slavens & Steven Murray

Fighting: Deal with It without Coming to Blows. Elaine Slavens & Steven Murray

Gossip: Deal with It Before Word Gets Around. Catherine Rondina & Dan Workman

Racism: Deal with It Before It Gets Under Your Skin. Anne Marie Aikins & Steven Murray

Teasing: Deal with It Before the Joke is On You. Steve Pitt & Remie Geoffroi

Peer Pressure: Deal with It Without Losing Your Cool. Elaine Slavens & Ben Shannon

Privacy: Deal with It Like Nobody's Business. Diane Peters & Jeremy Tankard

Competition: Deal with It from Start to Finish.
Where Should I Sit at Lunch? The Ultimate Guide to Surviving the High School Years. Harriet S. Mosatche & Karen Unger

Changing Children's Behavior, by Changing the People, Places and Activities in Their Lives. Richard Munger, $22.95

Helping Your Socially Vulnerable Child: What to Do When Your Child Is Shy, Socially Anxious, Withdrawn or Bullied. Andrew Eisen & Linda Engler, $19.95

The Hidden Gifts Of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World. Marti Olsen Laney, $19.95

Let’s Be Friends: a Workbook to Help Kids Learn Social Skills & Make Great Friends. Lawrence Shapiro & Julia Holmes, $18.95

This activity book offers effective tools for helping your child develop friendships, build self-esteem and develop into healthy, resilient adults.

Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me: the Top 25 Friendship Problems and How to Solve Them. Michele Borba, $15.99

Nobody Likes Me shows how to teach your child the 25 most essential friendship-building skills kids need to find, make, and keep friends, as well as survive that social pressure from peers. This is a "hands-on" guide for parents and teachers of kids aged 4 to 15.

Compact Discs

Spaghetti Toes: Positive Living Skills for Children. Terry Orlick

All children can gain from learning Positive Living Skills. These CD's teach children how to focus, relax, listen attentively, control stress, embrace good things in themselves and others and find joy in each day.

Relaxation and Joyful Living: Positive Living Skills for Teens and Adults. Terry Orlick

The life-enhancing activities on these CD's teach you how to relax more effectively, cope better with stress, develop a more positive outlook and increase confidence, improve performance and add joy, quality and meaning to your life.

Focusing through Distractions: Positive Living Skills for Teens and Adults. Terry Orlick

Changing Channels: Positive Living Skills for Children. Terry Orlick


Geared towards younger children, this site offers resources, some of them free, in order to help children to develop adaptive social behaviours from a young age when many of the connections and valuable ideas and strategies are formed.

Helping students to develop a strong sense of self-efficacy and confidence in numerous situations, this website offers information on teaching skills, workshops and resources.

An excellent and informative website with worksheets, videos and other resources for anxiety-related conditions and disorders; help for individuals from children to adults, self-referred and parents. Their motto is “Resources. Results. Relief”.


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