Social skills do not come naturally to everyone. Making and keeping friends is a foundational skill that every child needs to be fluent in. As a child ages, this skill becomes more sophisticated. Knowing this, it is recommended to begin teaching this skill as early as possible. Teachers know that the classroom community is much more harmonious when students have some semblance of friendship. This social story teaches some of the basic skills for making friends. Each step is broken down, defined and given several concrete examples. Steps are explained in appropriate terms, using perspective taking, expected behavior and good thoughts/comfortable thoughts. Kids really get this as we use thought bubbles and consequences to concretely explain each skill. There are 7 activities to provide a summary and check for comprehension of
each skill. Finally, at the very end are additional resources for teachers to use on teaching this topic.