1st Edition

What's the Buzz? For Early Learners
A complete social skills foundation course

ISBN 9781138777040
Published January 21, 2015 by Routledge
274 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

USD $66.95

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Book Description

For many, social thinking is hard-wired at birth and strengthens, quite naturally, through progressive experiences and encounters with others. However, for a variety of reasons, some children find it harder to think socially, develop socially and use their social tools suitably when it really counts.

‘What’s the Buzz?’ is the original social skills programme and became an instant best-seller, used by practitioners around the globe with children and young people, helping them to successfully transfer these skills into their everyday lives.

What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners :

  • is a simple, structured programmes to teach students in early learning and early primary school settings, within the 4 to 7 year age range.
  • is designed to bring children together, including those who may be on the autistic spectrum
  • explicitly demonstrates methods of how children can get along with one another and nurture friendship groups.
  • Uses a developmental model to ensure its relevance throughout

By drawing on the modelling of targeted social skills, role play, explicit guidance, feedback and games, this resource is imaginative, very practical and is enhanced with visual materials and worksheets to accompany each lesson.


Also available from Routledge: Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker (2011) What’s the Buzz: A Social Skills Enrichment Programme for Primary Students

Table of Contents

1. Meeting friends and discovering differences!  2. Joining in  3. Sharing and taking turns  4. Cooperation  5. Waiting  6. Making it better  7. Winning and losing - 'gracefully'  8. Fact or opinion: staying friendly over different ideas  9. Working with feelings  10. Angry feelings  11. Building healthy bodies, happy minds and steady feelings  12. Honesty - 'telling the truth'  13. Saying "No"  14. Empathy  15. Worry - knowing about it, and dealing with it  16. Time to say goodbye

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Mark Le Messurier is a teacher, author, counsellor and coach to young people and their parents. He runs a private clinic where he mentors and facilitates his own What’s the Buzz? Groups. http://marklemessurier.com.au

Madhavi Nawana Parker is a Behaviour Consultant, author and works in private practice supporting and skilling children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Social and Emotional difficulties. www.madhavinawana.com.au