Talkabout for Teenagers (second edition): Developing Social and Emotional Communication Skills, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Talkabout for Teenagers (second edition)

Developing Social and Emotional Communication Skills, 2nd Edition

By Alex Kelly, Brian Sains

© 2018 – Routledge

240 pages | 522 Color Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138065789
pub: 2017-07-28
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About the Book

Talkabout for Teenagers is a bestselling professional workbook supporting educators and therapists who deliver social and relationship skills groups for older children and young adults with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Resources include an assessment framework, planning and evaluation forms, 37 structured session guides focussing on self-awareness and self-esteem, body language, conversational skills, friendship skills and assertiveness, and all the supplementary handouts and images needed to deliver the sessions.

This second edition is presented with full-colour illustrations and handouts, and includes a new introduction by Alex Kelly reflecting on her own experiences of using the resources since they were first developed.

Table of Contents



Initial Assessment

Level 1: Talkabout Me

Level 2: Talkabout Body Language

Level 3: Talkabout Talking

Level 4: Talkabout Friends

Level 5: Talkabout Assertiveness

Group Cohesion Activities



About the Authors

Alex Kelly is a Speech & Language Therapist who specialises in working with people with social skills and relationship skills difficulties. She currently runs her own business providing social skills training and consultancy to schools and organisations across the UK and overseas.

Brian Sains spent 15 years working with adults and children with social and relationship skills difficulties and 10 years working as a community learning disability nurse where he specialised in working with men with relationship skills difficulties. He now runs Alex Kelly Ltd alongside his wife Alex.

About the Series


TALKABOUT is a whole scheme of work to help you assess, teach and measure your work easily. It uses a hierarchical method of teaching social skills which means that having assessed the child using the TALKABOUT assessment, teachers will choose the appropriate level or book to start work at. This means that you may start by developing a child’s self-awareness and self-esteem before progressing onto body language. You will then move onto conversation skills and then onto friendship skills and assertiveness.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Special Education / Social Disabilities