29 of the best social skills books to read to encourage development

Looking for social skills books to read with your kids?

Social skills books that highlight healthy friendships and positive social skills traits are a great (and super easy) way to work on social skills development with your kids.  Whether you homeschool or not, whether or not they have special needs, all kids should be intentionally taught pro-social behaviors and social skills!

If you need social skills worksheets and activities to add, stop by the store.  Otherwise, just read on for 29 great social skills books for children young and old!

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How autism affects siblings & 9 ways to offer support

Wondering how autism affects siblings?

You’re not alone.  How autism affects siblings and their relationship is a common curiosity.  After “K’s” diagnosis, it was one of the things I thought about most often.  I can’t tell you how many google searches I poured over.  A few years later,  I chose to write my sociology research paper on the effect of Autism on Neurotypical Siblings (NTs).

How very few research papers I found on the topic back then shocked and saddened me.  Most of what I did find had more to do with the autism siblings’ risk of developing the disorder themselves. Fortunately, there’s suddenly a flourishing body of research, which will hopefully continue to grow.  So, if you’re curious about the outcomes of autism sibling relationships and ways to help, I’ve got some information to help you.

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How to keep a great marriage as special needs parents

Marriage as special needs parents is hard

Maybe I’m just preaching to myself, but I, for one, think it’s dang hard!  All marriages are hard.  All relationships are hard, but marriage as special needs parents has a whole extra set of issues!  My husband and I had so many issues once upon a time, and they definitely were compounded being Autism parents.

Being in the military was difficult, for example, being away from family, deployments, and moves.  Autism amplified all the problems caused by that.  My husband and I were once separated for almost 2 years.    We went from having a pretty toxic set-up to now being very happily married (most days 😂).  We’re not the perfect couple, by any means, but I’d like to share what I’ve learned that help turned this boat around.  Below are 7 of my favorite tools in my marriage toolbox for a successful marriage as special needs parents.

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Can homeschooling help my kids get along better?

Will my kids get along better if we homeschool?

Or are they destined for constant squabbles because they’ll be sick of being around each other all day?  Will my kids get along?  This was my number one fear.  Or maybe one of my several number one fears…   Was there anything I could do to help my kids get along?!

It started at day one.  The day I brought baby D home from the hospital, K took a nice sized chunk out of D’s rosy little cheek.  Now, I think I know a bit more about what was at the root and will share that in just a bit.

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