Can You Be a Friend?
In this story, children learn that they need to choose positive behaviors instead of negative behaviors that hurt their friends. Friendly, colorful characters and heartwarming text captivate the children and motivate them to answer questions and learn about self-control.
- Replace inappropriate behaviors with appropriate ones
- Reinforce the use of appropriate language
- Understand how inappropriate behavior affects the feelings of others
- Learn to identify, regulate, and express emotions
Can You Be a Friend? includes teaching suggestions, lesson tips, and follow-up activities. An introduction page for the child defines the target social skill, cites some relevant examples of the positive behavior, and gives an overview of why the skill is important.
You may purchase Can You Be a Friend? individually or as the Early Social Behavior Books 11-book set.
The 11-book set consists of:
Can You Talk to Your Friends?
Can You Stand Up for Yourself?
Can You Be a Helper?
Can You Keep Trying?
Can You Use Your Words?
Can You Use a Good Voice?
Can You Be a Friend?
Can You Take Turns?
Can You Share?
Can You Tell How Someone Feels?
Can You Be Polite?
Copyright © 2005
Young children will enjoy this book. It is written in a predictable format that includes question, answer, and brief description of appropriate behavior. The charming illustrations enhance the quality of this book. Animal characters demonstrate the behaviors described. The art is simple with plain backgrounds.
The simple format encourages active participation, as children are motivated to answer the questions and comment on the described behaviors. Rules and explanations are all discussed in a positive way, using simple sentences to tell children what they should do.
Linda Hodgdon, SLP
Author of Visual Strategies for Improving Communication
- Approaches that focus on social functioning should be introduced as ongoing intervention strategies from early years to adulthood (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Early intervention that addresses skill acquisition in areas such as interaction, attention, play, and expression supports the later development of communication, language, and speech and enhances emotional, social, and academic development (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Children with social-cognitive deficits need the social curriculum/rules broken down into specific steps and taught to them (Petru, Millette, & Granato-Wagner, 2005).
Early Social Behavior Books Can You Be a Friend? incorporate these principles and are also based on expert professional practice.
Petru, J., Millette, J., & Granato-Wagner, V. (2005, November). Social communication and learning standards: Making the connection. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.