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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (30 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421827
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Speak Up and Get Along! What if every kid had a handy toolbox of ways to get along with others? That's just what this book is: a collection of 21 concrete strategies kids can pull out and use to express themselves, build relationships, end arguments and fights, halt bullying, and beat unhappy feelings. Like the Mighty Might, which takes all the fun out of teasing. And the Thought Chop, which helps kids resist self-defeat... Full description

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Suzy r on 15 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I've bought nearly all the books to help with bullying or friendship for kids available and a lot of them are useful but with not much meat in them when you get right down to it. This book is different!

This one is clearly organised with a tag name for each suggested technique (called tools). It gives a choice of approaches, clear snappy instructions and practice suggestions, very little waffle, humourous pictures, clear fairly large type-face. Brilliant!

My son (age 10) has focused so far on the two or three chapters most approapriate to his immediate needs but he thinks its really good too and has already practiced and employed some of the tools shown.

Its easy to read and easy to refer to which is just what you need and it also gives good short story-based examples.

We have most focused so far on chapter 4 'Stopping Teasing and Bullying'
(5 different techniques shown -- for the child to choose from as appropriate to his or her personality or situation)
and chapter 2 'Making and Keeping Friends' - here 3 'tools' are taught.

But my son is also interested in the other chapters:
Expressing yourself (assertive bahaviour)
Ending Arguments and fights
Dealing with Blame
Talking back to negative thoughts

Each chapter has between 2-5 'tools' in them for the child to use.

I emphasise this book is practical, many of the other books just talk about raising self-esteem as a method of combating bullying - yes thats true and all very well - but in the meantime the child wants some good hard clear practical tools to have in his/her bag and to practice till they become second nature -- that will help with self-esteem enormously I should think!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheOnlySoupdragon on 4 Jun 2014
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I thought this would be an ace book for my 10 year old aspie. He read it avidly. But when he tried to use the techniques at school, he said the other children didn't behave any nicer. I think it's lovely to make these guides, sadly there are children in the playground who don't have special needs but are little sods and don't play nicely however you ask them. For my aspie with his black and white thinking he was disappointed. I still think the book has value, but is worth bearing in mind that your child may feel differently
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pelin Martin on 19 Jan 2014
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Bought it for my daughter, she didn`t find the reading so fluent but she found it helpful on the whole
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Important information for all kids 16 Feb 2006
By California Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with Dr. Ross's editorial review that "everything about this book is perfect for children." Speak Up and Get Along is a great resource to help kids survive and succeed especially in their social worlds at school. It is clear and easy for them to read. The best thing about it is that there are a lot examples of how to actually deal with bullying and teasing, arguments, peer pressure and making and keeping friends. Each chapter has easy tools for kids to use and the illustrations help.The chapter on talking back to negative thoughts was really helpful. It gives very specific ways that kids can do this. I really recommend this as a gift for the children in your life.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Will it work? 3 Jan 2007
By Mary E. Joy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As we all know, dealing with peers is one of the most difficult - but essential - skills our children need to learn. In a search for material that could be used for teaching effective problem-solving, assertive communication and negotiation skills, I discovered this book and ordered a copy. I found some of the ideas a bit silly-sounding but figured it might work with young children, so I have developed small "plays" using the book's dialogues to set up the scenarios for my kids to enact. They love it! Now I am expanding this activity to include all students from 1st-6th grade with the hope that learning these skills will help reduce bullying and enhance their communication skills. My only criticism is that the material presented in the book is a bit disjointed and hard to read. I'm not sure what audience the author was writing to, but I felt it too childish to be taken seriously as an adult and too abstract to hold the attention of a child; however, the basic principles are sound and the imagery of the language does appeal to the child in all of us.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great book, a toolbox of ideas! 30 Dec 2008
By beach momma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm impressed at the tools available in this book. It is very well-written and put together in an easy format. It has boosted my kids' (age 9) self confidence. I love how the author covers tone of voice and body language as well as verbal tools.

Great book!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great when you read with your kids 6 Jun 2011
By Gina H2O - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter is only six years old, but she battles not so much with bullies, but with her perception of what people think of her based on how personally she takes things they say. I didn't find the part about dealing with the bullies too useful at this age, although sounded great for older kids because it is very broken down from why they might be acting out to what exactly you could say, but the information on how to deal with your own thoughts and realize when you or your child might have "everything is terrible" thoughts and how to deal with them is outstanding. I always say "try to stay and think positive and look at the bright side" but the tools they have here and the specific examples are broken down in a much more useful way that helps them understand HOW to make something positive. Being so young, I'm hoping she can adapt these tools and build on them for the rest of her life. Some of this would even be helpful for adults that are always seeing the bad side and expecting the worst. Reading it with her helps me to reinforce the ideas later on the way they explained it and I can also add a few examples of my own that are personally fit to her issues. The Thought Chop and But Twist are very strong tools that can change so much. For those two tools alone, I give this five stars, but there is so much more information in here to help kids deal with life. Not everything will apply to your situation, but find the stuff that does and you won't be sorry.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sticks and stones in karate classes 8 Feb 2009
By Broadway Family Karate - Published on Amazon.com
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I've used "Speak Up and Get Along" as an in-class textbook for my Karate students, both children and adults, with great success.

The simple lessons and role-play exercises are easy to understand, and simple to use, even with children who are just starting to read. The organization of the book, using various types of birds as images to illustrate an entire suite of social skills, is very helpful as well -- the tools of the Blue Jay are all about being assertive when you need to. I've recommended this book to a number of my professional colleagues, many of whom are using it with their students (and children) as well.

A useful companion volume is "Sticks and Stones", also by Scott Cooper. It shares the same basic structure, with additional explanations, scripts for parents/teachers, and additional role-plays.

A word about the role-plays: be prepared to practice with them several times to really internalize the skills involved. Running through them once or twice and then just moving on to the next thing is won't get you very far in acquiring usable skills from the text. Practice with them over and over, just as you would to learn a new martial arts technique. Don't confuse understanding the various tools here with the ability to actually use them -- that takes dedicated practice.
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