HELPFUL BOOKS FOR COUNSELORS

The Zones of Regulation were created by Leah Kuypers; it’s another great tool to help kids learn self-regulation skills. This framework is designed to help kids notice what they are thinking and feeling, how their thoughts and feelings affect their behavior and learn to self-regulate. I absolutely love teaching the Zones of Regulation to kids. It’s such a great visual for them to see what zone their feelings are in and learn ways to get back to the green zone.

The Incredible 5-Point Scale by Kari Dunn Baron and Mitzi Curtis is a great resource for people to use in a school setting or a social group setting. It can be used to address a number of different issues, and it’s a great resource for working not only with kids on the spectrum, but for all kids who need a little extra teaching around social and emotional concerns. Read my review here.

You are a Social Detective is a great introduction to Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking, written especially for kids who struggle in social situations. The book is divided into 3 different sections. Whenever I use this book as a teaching tool, I read one section at a time.

It’s So Much Work To Be Your Friend - I LOVE this book. It is full of so much helpful and practical information for teachers working with kids struggling with social aspects of life. The social skill autopsy is such a great resource to help kids that I would highly recommend it if you are working with a child struggling in social interactions.

The Unwritten Rules of Friendship - Another great book for teachers with some practical advice for understanding what’s happening with children and with some advice for what to do to help support them. It’s divided into different personality traits/behavior characteristics (the shy child, the little adult) so you can just pick what you need to focus on and read that section. Read my review here.

Best Friends, Worst Enemies by Michael Thompson, PhD and Catherine O'Neill Grace. This book is a thorough examination of children’s social lives, from infancy through dating.  The authors explore more specifics of how children develop friendships, manage and work through conflict, group dynamics, teasing and bullying.

A Volcano in My Tummy by Eliane Whitehouse - One of my favorite books to help kids identify and manage their anger. I used this all the time when I was a school counselor and kids found the worksheets very helpful.