Play Better Book Club for Parents

Play Better Book Club for Parents

WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH MEDoes Your Heart Ache for Your Lonely, Bullied and Left-Out Child?

Does she lack important social and executive functioning skill?
Does he seem oblivious to the feelings of other?

Watching your child struggle with loneliness is painful. You’ve tried talking to him about his behavior, begged him to try harder or behave better in public. You may have tried bringing him to a new park or kids club, hoping he would find someone new to bond with…. Only to see the usual disappointing results.

You have come to the right place!

I was “That Child” – I faced a living hell in school; tormented by “mean girls”. My mother was attentive but at a complete loss as to how to help me.

The curriculum in this Book Club will teach you to the essential tools I’ve learned from more than a decade of assisting children of all ages, learning challenges and emotional IQs to recognize social clues and build lasting friendships. You will learn exactly how to guide your child to better understand their social world and move forward in loving and adaptive ways.

Play Better Book Club for Parents

This 8 session program will cover the Play Better Plan and will give parents additional tools, resources, and support to put this plan into action.

Dates: TBD
Time:
Venue: Online Webinar
How to Participate:

Purchase Why Will No One Play With Me *proof of purchase required – buy a copy here

Fee: $200.00    (currently only for US residents)

Find a certified Play Better Book Club Coach 

The coaching program saved us. It literally saved us. I learned that I wasn’t alone-that other parents were going through the same issues. I learned so much about my daughter-all her many, beautiful layers. And even more importantly, I was given the tools and strategies I needed to help Sonya gain self-confidence again and make real friends.“―Maria B, Mother, Play Better Coaching Graduate

Play Better Book Club for Parents

The Play Better lessons, materials, and activities come straight from my own private practice, tailored for you, the parent-coach, and your child, to take advantage of everyday moments for practice and discussion. Activities are custom-designed to be fun and rewarding with incentives to boost motivation. There, snags and missteps can be duly noted, discussed in postplay debriefing, and turned into learning opportunities, with attention to things that went right to those that can be improved the next time around.

This Robust Program Features:

Engaging hands-on activities – questionnaires, activity sheets, and lessons – that you and your child will use to develop new skills.

With the guidance of your highly-trained coach, and our plan, you will be coached to better understand your child, talk with your child, and help your child find social strategies that work.

How to Participate:

  1. Find a coach near you for in-person coaching, or a coach for virtual coaching.
  2. Purchase Why Will No One Play With Me *proof of purchase required – buy a copy here
  3. Fill out the sign up form on your coach’s website

Fee: $50/family per month, total $200 USD (currently only for US families)

Agenda

Meeting 1

Group expectations and introductions
Coach and members introduce themselves in a short, high-level description.
Discuss the importance of confidentiality
Explain turn taking on Zoom or in person.

Material to Cover
Chapter 1. What’s the Story?

Concepts

If they could they would–What does this look like, how to gain this perspective and how to implement it in daily life?

Coaching curiosity – what it looks like?

The Story – why it’s crucial to change before skill building your child’s story.

Your Turn – Listen for Your Story about your child

Discussion Questions
Q and A time

Meeting 2

Material to Cover
Chapter 2. Executive Function: The Brain’s Ship Captain for Social Navigation
Chapter 3. Parenting with a Playbook: You’re a Natural, Coach

Concepts

Executive function – the hub of the brain and its implication on children’s behavior.

Pave the Way – pave the way to a conversation with a young child, teen by using the conversation style and a willingness to collaborate and listen

Discussion Questions
Q and A time

Meeting 3

Material to Cover
Chapter 4. The 7 Things Everyone Needs to Be Able to Do to be Socially Successful
Chapter 5. The 8 Elements of Highly Effective Social Skills Coaches

Concepts

7 Things Everyone Needs to Be Able to Do to be Socially Successful – what this looks like, examples and what parents might see if their child struggles with these 7 things.

8 Elements of Highly Effective Social Skills Coaches – coaching is made up of open-ended questions and reflective listening.

I don’t know – how to reach this kid, pave self and have small conversations.

8 Elements of coaching

Child on the spectrum – adapting Open-ended questions for children with Autism.

Discussion Questions
Q and A time

Meeting 4

Material to Cover
Chapter 6. The PSQ: Assessing Your Child’s Strengths, Interests and Processing Style
Chapter 7. The EFQ: Assessing Your Child’s Executive Function Social Skills

Concepts

The PSQ – Assessing Your Child’s Strengths, Interests and Processing Style and why and how this can affect learning and the benefit of using your child’s processing style to help her learn. How to use the processing style questionnaire

Strength matchmaker – how this may be an easy way to examine and remember your child’s strengths.

The EFQ – Assessing Your Child’s Executive Function Social Skills, the executive function questionnaire (or EFQ), how parents can start to observe their child, when they might do the EFQ.

Discussion Questions
Q and A time

Meeting 5

Material to Cover
Chapter 8. The EFQ Lesson Tracks at-a-Glance, Bridge to Betterment and How Will You Know?
Chapter 9. Introducing the Play Better Plan to Your Child: The Interactive Conversation Guide

Concepts

EFQ Lesson Tracks at-a-Glance, Bridge to Betterment and How Will You Know? – discuss the lesson tracks and common questions.

Bridge to Betterment- discuss and offer questions.

How Will You Know – signs and signals of change and why change may be small and may sometimes require parents to pause and notice

Introduce the Play Better Plan to Your Child: The Interactive Conversation Guide – the plan and the idea of coaching using the interactive conversation guide.

Discussion Questions
Offer Q and A time

Meeting 6

Material to Cover:
Chapter 10: Home Advantage: In-Home Coaching and Practice Builds Basic Skills

Concepts

Home Advantage: In-Home Coaching and Practice Builds Basic Skills – choose a lesson such as Social Spy; Learning to Walk; Who Is Your Audience or Emotional Volcano .

Complete the Play Date Planning Checklist from the Appendix for next meeting.

Reading the Energy

Role play coaching with parent volunteer playing their child and allow the parents to hear a child respond

Discussion Questions
Q and A time

Meeting 7

Material to Cover
Chapter 20. Playdate Planner
Chapter 21. PLAYDATE! Coaching from the Sidelines

Concepts

Playdate Planner – concept of assigning the child a specific mission for the play date.

Review completed Play Date Planning Check list

Play Date Planning Cheat Sheet

Write and review the situations with the most impact on play dates, what lesson track are they doing first? What lesson do they need to do to practice that skill ahead of time?

How to get playdates or friends to hang out with to practice emerging skills.

Importance of play and practice and how to facilitate this learning.

Encouraging independence – this can be developed over time and may be the mission for the play date. What you pay attention to grows.

Code words and prompts

Discussion Questions
Q and A time

Meeting 8

Material to Cover:
Chapter 22. How’d it Go? (Debriefing)
Chapter 23. Troubleshooting: Make the Most of Snags, Setbacks and Resistance

Concepts

Debriefing checklist – what happens in debriefing, witnessing and its benefits

Troubleshooting – disappearing acts and the need to change the patterns in order to help the child. How to troubleshoot the basic steps of the program.

Wrap up

Discussion Questions
Q and A time