Early Start - Promoting Social Competence
Being able to form satisfying relationships is an essential life skill, but it is a skill that must be learned. It enables people to feel a sense of belonging in any group and is closely linked to confidence, self-esteem and emotional well-being. Having the ability to initiate and maintain satisfying relationships with others, especially peers, is known as social competence.
Many children find it difficult to develop social competence, so teachers and parents have an important role to play in assisting children to learn these skills.
This practical handbook offers ideas and strategies to help children develop the self-esteem and confidence they need to establish satisfying relationships and deal with inappropriate behaviour from others.
Age: 5 years +
Table of Contents:
Part A - The Adult's Role in Developing Children's Social Competence
Assisting Children to Form Positive Social Relationships
Part B - Programme for Teaching Social Relationship Skills
Rationale for Using a Teaching Programme
Theme 1: Friends
Theme 2: Concentrating, Observing and Listening
Theme 3: Feelings
Theme 4: Valuing yourself - Being Confident
Theme 5: Joining Groups
Theme 6: Caring for Others
Theme 7: Sharing and Taking Turns
Theme 8: Cooperating - Working Together
Theme 9: Problem-Solving and Resolving Conflict
Theme 10: Peacemaking - Coping with Problem Behaviours
Appendix 1: Hughes' Social Competence Checklist
Appendix 2: Books Suitable for use with Young Children
Appendix 3: Planning a Social Competence Theme
Appendix 4: Worksheets