Friendly Facts explains each of its five themes in a similar manner, analyzing the main idea and organizing it into an uncomplicated list of characteristics. Most important, each theme is accompanied by activities that drive home the message in a fun, nonthreatening way, as in this excerpt:
"In this first theme of Friendly Facts, we will learn about what a friend is.
A friend is a person who is important to you and who you enjoy being with.
Friends like each other and play together.
Friends have fun together and apart.
They enjoy doing many of the same things.
When you need a hand, friends always seem to understand.
Friends depend on one another.
They respect each other's differences.
Friends are caring and considerate of one another.
Friends cooperate with one another and are willing to share and take turns.
Friends want to be together.
Friends keep in touch.
They are genuinely interested in what each other are doing.
Friends live in your heart now and forever."
"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: A Social Skills Group Program for Children and The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs Including Autism and Related Disorders
"Making friends can be difficult for kids with ASD. This book does a great job of explaining what a friend is and how to be a friend. I really liked the lists and the worksheets. I think they will be very helpful to kids everywhere!"--Jordan Blackwell, aged 11, diagnosed with autism, national presenter, and co-author of the 2010 Hidden Curriculum Calendar for Kids
"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 forward towards high school and more complex social challenges."--Rachael Bareket, MSC, author of Playing It Right: Social Skills Activities for Parents and Teachers of Young Children with autism spectrum disorders
Especially useful with children on the spectrum, ages 7-11; parents, teachers, others who work with children on the spectrum; and neurotypical children, ages 7-11. 75 pages. 2010