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The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults, (w/DVD)

ISBN: 978-1-118-12721-6
384 pages
September 2013, Jossey-Bass
The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults, (w/DVD) (1118127218) cover image

The groundbreaking book that puts the focus on teens and young adults with social challenges

This book offers parents a step-by-step guide to making and keeping friends for teens and young adults with social challenges—such as those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar, or other conditions. With the book’s concrete rules and steps of social etiquette, parents will be able to assist in improving conversational skills, expanding social opportunities, and developing strategies for handling peer rejection.

Each chapter provides helpful overview information for parents; lessons with clear bulleted lists of key rules and steps; and expert advice on how to present the material to a teen or young adult. Throughout the book are role-playing exercises for practicing each skill, along with homework assignments to ensure the newly learned skills can be applied easily to a school, work, or other "real life" setting. The bonus DVD shows role-plays of skills covered, demonstrating the right and wrong way to enter conversations, schedule get-togethers, deal with conflict, and much more.

PART ONE: GETTING READY
Ch. 1: Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults?

PART TWO: THE SCIENCE OF DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING FRIENDSHIPS
Ch. 2: Finding and Choosing Good Friends
Ch. 3: Good Conversations: The Basics
Ch. 4: Starting and Entering Conversations
Ch. 5: Exiting Conversations
Ch. 6: Managing Electronic Communication
Ch. 7: Showing Good Sportsmanship
Ch. 8: Enjoying Successful Get-Togethers

PART THREE: THE SCIENCE OF HANDLING PEER CONFLICT AND REJECTION: HELPFUL STRATEGIES
Ch. 9: Dealing With Arguments
Ch. 10: Handling Verbal Teasing
Ch. 11: Addressing Cyber Bullying
Ch. 12: Minimizing Rumors and Gossip
Ch. 13: Avoiding Physical Bullying
Ch. 14: Changing a Bad Reputation

Epilogue: Moving Forward

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DVD CONTENTS VII

FOREWORD JOHN ELDER ROBISON XI

PREFACE XIII

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XV

ABOUT THE AUTHOR XVII

P A R T  O N E

GETTING READY

1 WHY TEACH SOCIAL SKILLS TO TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS? 1

P A R T  T W O

THE SCIENCE OF DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING FRIENDSHIPS

2 FINDING AND CHOOSING GOOD FRIENDS 17

3 GOOD CONVERSATIONS: THE BASICS 51

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4 STARTING AND ENTERING CONVERSATIONS 97

5 EXITING CONVERSATIONS 121

6 MANAGING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION 145

7 SHOWING GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP 179

8 ENJOYING SUCCESSFUL GET-TOGETHERS 199

P A R T  T H R E E

THE SCIENCE OF HANDLING PEER CONFLICT AND REJECTION: HELPFUL STRATEGIES

9 DEALING WITH ARGUMENTS 231

10 HANDLING VERBAL TEASING 247

11 ADDRESSING CYBER BULLYING 267

12 MINIMIZING RUMORS AND GOSSIP 281

13 AVOIDING PHYSICAL BULLYING 307

14 CHANGING A BAD REPUTATION 323

EPILOGUE: MOVING FORWARD 341

HOW TO USE THE DVD 348

BIBLIOGRAPHY 349

INDEX 359

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Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

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November 15, 2013
The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

While a number of programs help young children with social challenges develop social skills, until now there have been no such approaches for older kids and adults. THE SCIENCE OF MAKING FRIENDS is based on UCLA's acclaimed PEERS program, the only research-based approach in the world to helping adolescents and young adults with social challenges--such as those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar, or other conditions--make and keep friends. 

THE SCIENCE OF MAKING FRIENDS: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand; $25.95; Paper; ISBN: 978-1-118-12721-6; October 2013) includes concrete rules and steps of social etiquette identified through research. Parents can use THE SCIENCE OF MAKING FRIENDS to assist in improving conversational skills, expanding social opportunities, handling peer rejection, and developing and enhancing friendships. Lessons are taught using sample narratives and dialogue, followed by key rules and steps. 

Each chapter of THE SCIENCE OF MAKING FRIENDS provides helpful overview information for parents; lessons with clear bulleted lists of key rules and steps; and expert advice on how to present the material to a teen or young adult. Chapters end with a short “Guide for Teens & Young Adults,” which provides direct guidance to those with social challenges. Throughout the book are role-playing exercises for practicing each skill, along with homework assignments to ensure the newly learned skills can be applied easily to a school, work, or other "real life" setting. The bonus DVD shows role-plays of skills covered, demonstrating the right and wrong way to enter conversations, schedule get-togethers, deal with conflict, and much more. 

All the social skills programs on the market for the socially-challenged (those with autism, ADHD, etc.) focus on young kids. What about teens and adults? THE SCIENCE OF MAKING FRIENDS is the only evidence-based approach that teaches friendship skills to teens and young adults. It covers choosing friends, communication skills, bullying, and more.

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