Friendly Facts: A Fun, Practical, Interactive Resource to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship
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Friendly Facts: A Fun, Practical, Interactive Resource to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship

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Publication Date:
February 2, 2010
Print Length:
75 pages
Reading Age:
8 - 12 years

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Making and keeping friends doesn't come easy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Many children need to learn a range of strategies to expand their social skills, such as reading facial expressions and body language. Friendly Facts: A Fun, Interactive Resource to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship, an interactive workbook aimed at children ages 7-11, addresses these challenges by breaking down the complex concept of making friends into simpler ideas.

Through fun, engaging activities, children using this evidence-based curriculum gain practice and real-life knowledge of the major 'secrets' of making and keeping friends. By gaining the foundation for making and keeping friends at a crucial age, children are better prepared to successfully interact with others for the rest of their lives.


FRIENDLY FACTS is fantastic! This user-friendly program is full of fun and engaging activities to help develop social insight and understanding in elementary-aged children. It is a wonderful resource that can be used by anyone! --Judith Coucouvanis, MA PMHCNS-BC, author of SUPER SKILLS and THE POTTY JOURNEY

FRIENDLY FACTS is a well-written, easily accessible and fun way to discover 'facts' about friendship. Gaining friends and maintaining friendships is an art that takes cultivating. This workbook is a neat, contemporary, and interesting way to explore together, whether in small groups or as an individual with another person (it takes two to build a friendship), the many facets of building successful relationships. I highly recommend this book to any explorer who is searching to understand the art of friendship and who wants a variety of maps to assist in uncovering the journey. --Dr. Wendy Lawson, author of UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH THE SPECTRUM OF AUTISM

FRIENDLY FACTS is a fantastic educational resource that you can just pick up and start using. It is a must-read for parents and professionals supporting a child on the autism spectrum. The book is a product of the authors' combined personal and professional experience and is the first hands-on how-to manual addressing crucial preteen friendships. The social complexities of friendship are deconstructed through a series of delightful activities and games. Friendship is cleverly demystified into how to identify who your friends are, how to be a good friend, and how to make and keep friendships. FRIENDLY FACTS teaches skills that are vital to children with ASD as they move forwards towards high school and more complex social challenges. --Rachael Bareket, MSC, author of PLAYING IT RIGHT

About the Author

Margaret-Anne Carter, EdD, is an educational consultant in care and education settings across Australia. She is recognized as an exemplary educator, creating teaching and learning environments that are inclusive of all children. Margaret is the designer of high-quality, up-to-date professional development resource materials based on current research and legislation and tailored to children's social behavior and emotional well-being. The author of books, curriculum texts, and parenting resources, she regularly presents at conferences and publishes in scholarly journals. Josie Santomauro lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she is a full-time writer. Josie is published in over 25 resources on ASD (one in Italian) including, the award-winning, Friendly Facts; Pirates; and Space Travelers. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on ASD, and was awarded the Parent/Carer Award Autism Queensland Australia in recognition of her outstanding achievements. She received a certificate of recognition as a community mentor from the Naturally Autistic People Awards, BC, Canada. Josie offers consultations with parents, educators, and caregivers. She also volunteers as a peer supporter to fellow members of her state emergency services.

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