A Child's Key to Success
By E. R. on June 13, 2014
Parenting is difficult at best, and doubly so for time-challenged, working parents. How does one make that precious time together count? Ultimately, we want to raise happy souls who can play and work well with others, make good choices, and eventually live independently. Sautter's book makes an excellent case for focusing on social competence learning which, in her words, "plays a major role in developing and maintaining relationships, academic achievement, working in small groups, and eventually holding a job." This attractively illustrated book offers critical thinking activities and approaches to apply toward at-home time (starting the day, getting ready for school, meal prep, playing by the "rules," playing with peers and siblings, chores, animals, phone etiquette, thinking about and functioning within the family, nighttime routine, etc.), when we're out in the community (in the car, at the mall and playground, at the grocery store, eating out, at the doctor's office, etc.), and on holidays and attending special events (including parties and vacations). Filled with insights, this book helps us raise thoughtful children by giving them the keys to a successful life in an otherwise complex world.
Customer Review: Amazon Customer -
I received Elizabeth Sautter’s Make Social Learning Stick! as a gift, and am thrilled with the organization it brings to therapy sessions with students that have social communication difficulties. As a speech pathologist in the public schools, a bigger percent of our caseload each year includes children who cannot pick up on the subtleties of communication and understand the unspoken rules our society has. This extremely practical and organized guide is full of easy to access information. Often, planning lessons for students with pragmatic language concerns takes too much time; the conciseness and organization of this book is much appreciated! It is an excellent book to loan to parents because it simply and clearly guides them as they search for ways to turn frustrating conversations during everyday activities into enjoyable interactions.
If I could only have one resource book, for my therapy and for parents of my students to use, Make Social Learning Stick! would be it!
Customer Review: Bruce H. -
WOW! There are so many great things to say about this book and the author! Before I found this book, I really struggled with finding the time and ways to incorporate social development activities into our busy schedules! This book offers tons and tons of amazing and creative activities that can be easily incorporated into countless situations and events. I had no idea how many teaching opportunities I was passing up on until I read this book! This guide offers activities that range from daily routines such as "getting ready for school" and "playing with peers and siblings" to specific holidays and special events like "birthdays," "dinner parties," and "Halloween." This book taught me how to take advantage of every situation and gave me a new perspective that allows me to see the teachable moments in every moment.The Hidden Rules on each page supplement these activities perfectly, highlighting the unspoken expectations (as well as what is not expected) in each situation.
And if the countless amazing activities weren't enough, Sautter offers even more useful tools at the end of her book that include many great visual aid worksheets (helpful for creating routines -brushing teeth, bedtime etc.) and charts for identifying/ monitoring moods and emotions. There are even pages of sample kid jokes, conversation starters, and useful websites for parents.
Every parent will benefit from the activities and knowledge in this book. Sautter has completely transformed the way I view social development opportunities!
Customer Review: Laura -
This book is great! I guess it's written for parents of kids with social challenges but it's applicable to parents of any kids. When I read it, I am aware of how many unspoken rules our society has. So often we don't tell kids the things we want them to know and then are disappointed when situations turn ugly. With the help of Make Social Learning Stick and a little prep time things go much more smoothy.
Customer Review: Rachel Trachten -
As the parent of a child who struggles with social cues and related skills, I highly recommend this friendly, "how-to" book. Speech-language pathologist Elizabeth Sautter gives parents a wealth of ideas for boosting a child's social development within the course of a typical day. Family meals, car rides, shopping trips, vacations, and chores all serve as opportunities for practicing skills like conversation, understanding other people, listening, planning, and being organized. The sections on "hidden rules" are gems, offering tips about unstated social expectations that some kids need spelled out. The activities can be easily adapted to fit a wide range of ages and don't require lots of fuss or planning. For parents looking to improve a child's social skills, this book is a perfect and easy-to-use guide.
“Make Social Learning Stick! will be welcomed by parents and teachers alike! In easy-to-understand language, Elizabeth Sautter provides over 185 activities that support social skills development during daily routines and across various settings, from home to school to community. Readers learn to take advantage of the many natural ‘teaching moments’ that pop up every day to encourage a child’s social learning.”
– Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, SLP