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Can You Talk to Your Friends?
Ages: 3-6   Grades: PreK-1

Loveable characters and an interactive format teach children specific things to do and say in a conversation.  Children answer a question on each page and, in the process, learn how to start, continue, and end a conversation.


  • 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
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Can You Talk to Your Friends? 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 Talk to Your Friends? 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

14 8 ½" x 11" coated pages, instructions, follow-up activities

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 Talk to Your Friends? 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.


Nita Everly


Nita Everly, M.S., CCC-SLP, has a master's degree in speech and language pathology.  She has over 20 years of experience working with youngsters with communication disorders and is currently a speech-language pathologist for the Mount Airy City Schools Preschool Program in North Carolina.  Nita was the past chairperson of the Interagency Council for Birth to Five-Year-Olds in Surry County, North Carolina.  In 1987, Nita received honors from the West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association, and in 1989, she was on the National Distinguished Service Registry for Speech/Language/Hearing.  In 2006/2007, Nita was named Educator of the Year for Tharrington Primary School and was also included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.  Nita is the mother of three and lives with her husband in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  She is the author of the Early Social Behavior Books series.


Can You Talk to Your Friends? is part of the Early Social Behavior Books series.  It is a user-friendly book of educational experiences for children ages three to six years in the discovery of what a conversation is and why it is important to learn how to initiate and carry on a conversation with others.  Using a humorous and repetitive format, the children will learn conversational skills that will enable them to express their ideas and listen and respond to others.  The children interact with the reader by responding to the question on each page.  They become captivated with the text and are excited to answer each question.  In the process, they learn how to start, continue, and end a conversation.

When reading this book to the children, use lots of expression and show your enthusiasm.  Ask a question, then pause and wait for the children to respond with a "conversational" strategy.  Then ask the next question (Why?), and again wait for the children to respond.  Answering this question will show that they understand the reasons for using the strategies.  After several readings, the children will excitedly anticipate the correct responses.

Children with good conversation skills interact better with others, develop better relationships with their peers, and have essential knowledge that contributes to language and literacy development.  They benefit socially and academically from learning this skill and have lots of fun doing it.