Why Will No One Play with Me?

Why Will No One Play with Me?

Being good with people is a critical social emotional skill! Caroline Maguire shares resources, courses and tools derived from her book and years of working with kids and adults.

Why Will No One Play with Me? is a practical guide for parents, educators, clinicians and adults to learn HOW TO overcome chronic social exclusion or disruption that targets specific social skills deficits.

Why Will No One Play with Me? addresses the painful challenges that can affect anyone, anywhere. Social isolation is universal, it is a Human Problem.
This book has changed many lives for the better!

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About the Book

From renowned parent expert Caroline Maguire, Why Will No One Play with Me? is a groundbreaking program that has helped thousands of children struggling with social skills to make friends, find acceptance, and have a happy childhood.

Every parent wants their child to be okay – to have friends, to be successful, to feel comfortable in his or her own skin. But many children lack important social and executive functioning skills that allow them to navigate through the world with ease.

In-demand parenting expert and former Hallowell Center coach Caroline Maguire has worked with thousands of families dealing with chronic social dilemmas, ranging from shyness to aggression to ADHD, and more. In this groundbreaking book, she shares her decade-in-the-making protocol – The Play Better Plan – to help parents coach children to connect with others and make friends. Children of all ages – truly, from Kindergarten to college age – will gain the confidence to make friends and get along with others, using tools such as:

Social Sleuthing: learn to pay attention to social cues

Post-Play Date Huddles: help kids figure out what to look for in a friendship

Reflective Listening: improve your child’s relationship with their peers

With compassion and ease, this program gives parents a tangible, easy-to-follow guide for helping kids develop the executive function and social skills they need to thrive.

Is the Play Better Plan good for your child? Read FAQ on The Play Better Plan

Need help talking to a defiant or distant child or teen? Read the Interactive Conversation Guide

Educators and ProfessionalsWhy Will No One Play with Me? is important for you

No one can be good at everything naturally. In this interview, Caroline shares how Why Will No One Play with Me? provides the lessons to help kids, teens and adults learn social skills such as meeting new people, making chit chat and mixing into a group at any age. Without highlighting deficits learn how to build life skills, such as empathy, just as you would teach how to fix a flat tire.

why will no one play with me? Why Will No One Play with Me?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive and we’re thrilled she came back to share the story of the book, and why social skills are so critical for kids and adults alike in healthy development.

10 Ways to Use Why Will No One Play With Me?


FAQ on Becoming a Social Skills Coach


Hand this book to parents to answer their social emotional concerns


Coach Your Child to Become Socially Engaged and Confident


Communication, play and self-regulation methodologies that can be adapted for school and home use


Communicating is a learned skill. Learn how to practice social skills.


Use the Lesson in Why Will No One Play with Me to teach yourself Social Skills


Actual demonstrations on how to nurture harmony, improve communication and strengthen relationships
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5 Steps to Addressing Tough Topics


Social Skills questions answered here
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Watch demonstrations - with real people - on how to have conversations with a child, teen or young adult
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ASIN: 1538714833
ISBN: 9781538714836
Caroline Maguire’s book of the same name, ‘Why Will No One Play With Me?’ poses a difficult question for even the most seasoned parent or grandparent. Can you imagine sitting with your child at dinner, enjoying family conversation, asking how everyone’s day went, and that being your child’s response?....
"So many parents have shared with me their pain and confusion watching their child struggle socially. Caroline Maguire, in her masterful book Why Will No One Play With Me? does an outstanding job of giving parents just the right research, examples, and advice that will be truly helpful for any parent. You will recognize so many common situations in this book and with Maguire's wisdom and expertise you, and your children, will know you are in the right hands and can get the help you need."
"This book is a game changer; it is going to transform the lives of so many children (and parents) for the better. Caroline Maguire's passion and knowledge to help parents find real-life, functional solutions to their children's social skills are showcased front and center with this book. Why Will No One Play with Me? is a reader-friendly, practical guide, a beacon of hope and actionable help for a problem parents too often think they'll have to live with for life. Once you read this book, you'll see why you'll never have to hear your child ask that heartbreaking question again.
"If your child is lonely at school, if your child cannot make a friend, if, as a parent, you are feeling at a loss to help, then Caroline Maguire's groundbreaking Why Will No One Play With Me? is the book you have been waiting for. Caroline provides a wise, tested, and detailed plan for helping your child to develop social skills and open up the pathways to friendship. Even the most experienced counselors and teachers can learn from her experience. I certainly did."
"Parents worry when their kids struggle academically, but they lose sleep when their kids don't have friends. This is the book that will teach those parents how to help their child be more socially successful, happier, and more confident. For the families who need it, this book will be a great relief."
– Dr. Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, Psychologist and Author
"This thoughtful, compassionate primer to helping children overcome social challenges from Maguire, a coach for children with ADHD and their families, puts a full roster of tools, along with some encouragement, into the hands of parents...breaks down an issue that can seem overwhelming into practical, bite-size chunks...comprehensive and usable."
– Publishers Weekly
"Over the past two decades, I have seen thousands of children in my practice with impaired social skills that have had significant negative effects on their lives, and ability to function in the world. In addition to the biomedical treatments I provide, social skills training is an essential part of their treatment programs. This book offers parents a practical approach to children's social isolation and awkwardness that could help so many of them lead more functional, harmonious, and fulfilling lives."
"This book provides tested and proven tools for consciously creating effective playdates for children with ADD/ADHD or other social skills deficits who struggle socially and don't know how to integrate their special, unique gifts more effectively so that they don't get buried and lost, damaging their self-esteem. This exceptional, life-changing book is a foundational piece essential for parents, enabling them to support their children by helping them improve and maintain important relationships with their friends and feeling good about themselves!!!"
"One of the more helpless and powerless feelings of parenthood is watching your child struggle to make friends and navigate the social world. While most children find their way through, many children need targeted support and help to handle this important domain of life. Caroline Maguire's excellent book provides all the ingredients needed for parents and other caregivers to guide their children to develop the essential social skills and to put them to use. One of those rare books that turns understanding into action. Well done."
"Wow! Put this book into the hands of every parent who has tried controlling and counseling their isolated or lonely child to no avail and now is ready to learn how to operationally COACH their daughter or son in specific social skills that will open up more satisfying relationships with peers. Let's clone Maguire and put her into every elementary and middle school in the land!"
Coach Caroline Maguire's advice for parenting children with social isolation and social skills challenges is more relevant now than ever. "Highly recommended" It can break your heart to watch your child struggle to make friends or be made fun of. This book provides parents a concrete 'play better plan' to coach their child to develop social skills and confidence. Thank you, Caroline Maguire, for providing a path through this difficult terrain! -Melissa Orlov, Founder, ADHDmarriage.com
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