Children need consistent exposure to social examples, as well as explanations and practice throughout the day to build social and emotional competence. Make Social Learning Stick! is a “how to” guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers of pre-school and elementary school children.
The book’s user-friendly structure details how to build teachable moments into your daily routines. With over 185 fun and easy activities, events such as getting ready for school, preparing dinner, going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. By making this “social learning diet,” part of everyday life, kids develop verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking, emotional regulation and more.
The activities provided can be easily tailored to meet a child’s developmental level, needs, or challenges. Teachers and therapists can also select activities from the book to share with caregivers and family members who may be seeking easy ways to practice social skills at home. Leading experts in a variety of therapy and development fields such as Michelle Garcia Winner, Kari Dunn Buron, Sarah Ward, Leah Kuypers, Pamela Wolfberg, and Emily Rubin contributed to this book, helping to make it a comprehensive guide to building comfort and skills in social settings, from the dinner table to the schoolyard, to the greater community.
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“Elizabeth Sautter has given us a great how-to book on a topic parents want most: how to help socially challenged children feel included and make friends. Activities cover the social situations that confront a child, from first moments of waking to bedtime, from typical days to special event days and holidays. Parents, teachers, and professionals will be able to use the ideas to create a seamless system of support across all settings, teaching the nuts-and-bolts of social behaviors that can lead to social success. I can foresee the book providing great ideas for developing IEP goals. Sautter’s latest book is a must-have for professionals and parents alike.”
– Amy Kossow, a parent advocate, specializes in the support of children with autism. She holds a law degree from the University of Chicago
“In a world full of books that tackle the ‘why,’ this book tackles the ‘how.’ Conveniently laid out by time, location, and situation, Elizabeth Sautter presents practical steps and ideas for embedding social and emotional learning into everyday activities. The book is loaded with creative strategies, social tools, and visual supports enabling parents and professionals alike to jump into the heart of social learning. I am thrilled to share this helpful tool with the families with whom I work.”
–Anna Kern, MFT, marriage & family therapist, Behavioral Intervention Association – a non-profit that provides early intervention to children with autism
“Make Social Learning Stick! is an engaging and comprehensive book for anyone who teaches or for parents a child on the autism spectrum. Sautter offers an excellent overview of what social learning involves and then gives readers a gazillion specific ideas to try in a variety of environments. I particularly love the ‘job talk’ items for encouraging the child’s active involvement, and the activity chart at the end of the book makes it easy to relate the activities to specific program goal areas.”
– Kari Dunn Buron, autism education specialist, and author of When My Worries Get Too Big! and Adalyn’s Clare
“In a truly visionary fashion, Elizabeth Sautter has recognized that executive function skills and social skills are both integral to the development of social competence. Additionally, she has recognized that like tourists visiting an unknown country, parents of children with social learning challenges need a guidebook telling them what to watch for and offering phrases to use in tricky situations. In Make Social Learning Stick!, she has provided this much-needed guidebook to help families incorporate skill building throughout the day-to-day activities of family life. As an executive function coach, I am aware that all children benefit from this type of mentoring, making this book an invaluable resource for all families. As the parent of a child who has difficulty navigating the world of unspoken social rules, I am delighted to have such a user-friendly tool.”
– Carrie Lindemuth, executive function coach, learning specialist, and parent