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Annie stories

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Australian psychologist and poet Brett presents parents with a technique to help children work through problems or crises. When Brett's shy three-year-old, Amantha, revealed fears of attending nursery school, Brett constructed a lively, positive tale about her alter ego Annie's first day at school. Amantha's identification with Annie's fictional experiences bolstered the child's confidence and helped allay her anxieties. Brett later taught this method and found it beneficial and comforting to parents as well as children: "From a position of not knowing what to do or how to talk to their distressed child, they are able to do something which is simple, natural, comforting, and therapeutic." The stories Brett provides here incorporate specific behavioral techniques, such as systematic desensitization and covert modeling, and treat common childhood phobias and worriesnightmares, divorce, death, attending school, a new baby in the family, hospitalization. She explains how parents can personalize and modify the tales to fit particular circumstances, eventually creating new Annie stories. In addition to many explanatory footnotes, Brett's introductory material provides a broad overview, relating Annie stories to influential studies and Bruno Bettelheim's analysis of fairy tales. Many parents, especially those insecure about their own storytelling skills, will find Brett's method effective and valuable. Others may simply rejoice at her effort to revive an oral tradition amid today's onslaught of television and videogames.
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Adults may know that dreams aren't real, dogs never kidnap children, and you can't get sucked down the bathtub drain. But try explaining that to a fearful five-year-old. Logic won't always work. Annie Stories will.

Originally conceived by Australian psychologist Doris Brett to calm the fears and build the confidence of her own daughter Amantha, Annie Stories is designed to allow children under ten to explore situations in an engaging, nonthreatening way through the experience of an imaginary boy or girl much like themselves.

Each story mirrors the real-life emotions and anxieties of a common childhood situation: nightmares, the birth of siblings, starting school for the first time, even coping with the death of a loved one. Throughout the book the author shows parents how to adapt each story to fit their own child and offers additional advice to help reinforce positive results.

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Pub. Co (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894805290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894805295
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,608,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been using the ideas in this book for over 20 years as a parent and as a school psychologist. The first chapter contains all you need to know to create therapeutic stories that can literally change a child's life overnight. When we lecture or suggest our childrens' defenses kick in - when you tell a story with some of the same good ideas they can identify with the character you have created that is similar to them and they can learn vicariously though identification with the 'model' you have created. I have seen it work first hand many times. All parents tell stories, but this book will teach you how to use psychological techniques like desensitization within your stories. It is much more simple and enjoyable than you can imagine. I hope this book lives on for centuries to come! I just recommended it again twice this week.
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Bought & used when my daughter was 3. She is 21 now & we still smile about these stories. Thank!
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A great idea for helping to understand your child's thoughts and concerns. And so simply to implement.
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Lots of concrete examples. Helping children deal with difficult situations in a non-threatening, creative way.
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I read this for a class project along with the 2nd book. This one was better than the sequel.
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