Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself

Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself

by Scott Cooper

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A toolbox of twenty-one strategies kids can use to get along with others.

Every child could use help with social skills and making friends. This book provides twenty-one concrete strategies children can use to express themselves, build relationships, end arguments and fights, halt bullying, and beat unhappy feelings. It’s like a toolbox of kid-friendly social skills—just open it up and pull out tools like:
  • Mighty Might, which takes all the fun out of teasing
  • Thought Chop, which helps kids resist self-defeating thoughts
  • Squeaky Wheel, a type of persistence that gets results
  • Coin Toss, a simple way to resolve small conflicts
Each tool is clearly described, illustrated with true-to-life examples, and accompanied by dialogue and lines children can practice and use. Authentic stories and anecdotes show each tool in action. This revised and updated second edition incorporates electronic communication, cyberbullying, and social media with age-appropriate guidelines and stories. A note to adults includes up-to-date research on and recommendations for social skills and bullying. For kids, Speak Up and Get Along! makes learning social skills accessible and fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631983856
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/31/2019
Edition description: Revised & Updated
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 260,065
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Scott Cooper is a national youth advocate and writer based in northern California, with a focus on bullying prevention, assertive social skills, and online safety. He has been a school board president, city youth commissioner, and member of the Sonoma County Advisory Board of Drug Programs. Scott has past experience teaching, coaching basketball, and working as a bilingual aide. He is currently a Working Group member of Child Dignity in the Digital World, a world congress working for the better protection of minors online.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

What Do Birds Have to Do with Getting Along? 2

How to Use This Book 3

Expressing Yourself

The Tools of the Blue Jay 6

Tool #1 The Power I 10

Tool #2 The No Thanks 14

Tool #3 Asking Questions 19

Tool #4 The Squeaky Wheel 22

Making and Keeping Friends

The Tools of the Blackbird 26

Tool #5 The Sherlock Holmes 29

Tool #6 Sharing 34

Tool #7 Kind Talk 37

Ending Arguments and Fights

The Tools of the Dove 44

Tool #8 The Coin Toss 47

Tool #9 Solution Time 49

Tool #10 The Cool Down 55

Stopping Teasing and Bullying

The Tools of the Hummingbird 59

Tool #11 The Power I for Teasing 64

Tool #12 The Shrug 66

Tool #13 The Mighty Might 69

Tool #14 The Comeback Kid 71

Tool #15 The Disappearing Act 77

Dealing with Blame

The Tools of the Crow 80

Tool #16 The Mea Culpa 83

Tool #17 The No Way 86

Talking Back to Negative Thoughts

The Tools of the Owl 89

Tool #18 The But Twist 94

Tool #19 The Thought Chop 97

Tool #20 Solution Time 2 104

Tool #21 The Balloon Belly 106

Some Final Thoughts 110

Note to Adults 112

Resources for Kids 121

Resources for Parents and Teachers 123

Index 125

About the Author 129

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