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Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities Paperback – June 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1843109211 ISBN-10: 1843109212 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843109212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843109211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bonnie Thomas' new book Creative Coping Skills for Children - Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities is a goldmine of helpful and simple arts and crafts based activitiies that are designed to show children how to cope with their emotions.'- Brighthub.com 'From making wish fairies and dream catchers to time management and instant soothing routines sich as blowing bubbles, CREATIVE COPING SKILLS is packed with practical ideas that have proven successful.' -The Midwest Book Review

Everyone has different needs when it comes to coping with life's stressors, and children are no different. Some need quiet and soothing activities to calm them down, whereas others require more physical activity or intense sensory input to relax their minds and bodies. This resource comprises a collection of fun, flexible, tried-and-tested activities and make-it-yourself workbooks for parents and professionals to help a child in need of extra emotional support find the coping skills that fit them best. Each activity lists the materials required and includes clear directions for how to do it. There is something for every child: whether they are dynamic and creative or more cerebral and literal. Projects include making wish fairies, dream catchers, and mandalas; managing unstructured time with activities such as creating comics, dioramas and tongue twisters; and simple ideas for instant soothing, such as taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles, making silly faces, and playing music. Creative Coping Skills for Children also includes specific interventions for anxious or grieving children such as making worry dolls and memory shrines. This book is full of fun, easy, creative project ideas for parents of children aged 312, teachers, counselors, play therapists, social workers, and all professionals working with children.

About the Author

Bonnie Thomas LMSW is a school-based clinician, providing individual and family therapy to children aged 3-12. She has also worked in the Juvenile Corrections System and coordinated a mentoring programme for young girls living in public housing.

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Bonnie Thomas, LCSW is a child and family therapist who lives on the coast of Maine, USA with her husband, child and 2 dogs.

Bonnie loves to incorporate creative arts and nature-based activities in her work with children. Art journals, life maps, story stones, walking meditations, worry dolls, and animal shrines are examples of projects that are integrated with treatment plan goals. All of Bonnie's books offer kid friendly interventions to help children express their feelings, explore who they are, and ultimately feel better connected to themselves and the world.

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Great ideas, easy to use.
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This book is a great resource for anyone working with Children in a counseling setting.
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This book is a practical resource parents and child therapists seeking creative ideas.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angela J. Bouchard on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book hits the perfect balance between activities parents can use for their own kids with activities professional counselors and therapists can use with their child clients. One section reminded me The Womans Comfort Book, only for children. "A Pirate's Survival Guide" really impressed me with its ability to provide children living with addiction, poverty and chaos a mental framework in which to better deal with those challenges. My favorite section was the pages and pages of boxed ideas for unstructured time that could be photocopied, cut apart and rolled up/folded to be chosen at random by a child needing something to do. The ideas were so appealing, I felt like getting up and doing them myself as they were exactly the kind of fun I would have loved when I was little, though I wouldn't have thought myself of doing them. There are plenty of ideas to help children w/ anxiety, grief, coping skills, goal setting, and transition times. In short, any parent or chld therapist will find this book to be a resource they can turn to often.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on March 23, 2013
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First, let me say this is an excellent book. I won't go into that, though, as many other review address all it's great qualities. What I WILL say is DON'T BUY THE KINDLE VERSION. I bought the kindle version with the intent of being able to print any of the many excellent reproducables straight from my ipad to my printer (no more hassle of trying to squash a book into a copier and only getting mediocre prints in return). Unfortunately, the print option (while available on SOME of my kindle books) was completely missing- NO WAY TO PRINT ANY OF THE REPRODUCIBLES. What a wast of money- if you plan on actually using any of the ideas, you will either have to make up your own worksheets (waste of time) or buy a hard copy of the book (waste of money). Save your money and send away for the actual book. It will save you time and money, in the long run. I wish amazon would fix this glaring mistake!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Children's Counselor on August 4, 2010
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This book is a great resource for anyone working with Children in a counseling setting. The activities are easy to use and cover a wide range of topics. The kids I work with have really enjoyed participating in the activities and taking home what we work on each session.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Liana Lowenstein on March 21, 2011
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This book is a practical resource parents and child therapists seeking creative ideas. It outlines a variety of interesting projects that children can do during unstructured time, which is a welcome alternative to TV and computer. It also includes coping strategies for anxious children as well as for grieving children. My favorites are Thinga-ma-finds and Worry Pizza. A great resource!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jyoti Thomas on June 1, 2011
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A wonderful book. Full of practical, simple but meaningful tasks to help children to express themselves and cope with difficulties in their lives.
I like this book for its simple presentation, short clear explanations for each task
with no long winded analysis......the creative tasks speak for themselves.
A great resource for anyone wanting to assist children in need of support and expression in a gentle and respectful way.
I love this book and refer to it often in my work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Klein on May 5, 2013
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I am a mental health professional working with children. This book is a great addition to my tool box as it gives simple yet great ideas on how to engage children and have then take the work done is session home with them, and to use the skills learned in session. I would recommend it for parents and mental health professionals working with children.

Jacob
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lynbrink on November 28, 2013
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This has such good ideas for working with children and using items that are available in our homes, inexpensive and creative. When being creative children are not focused on how bad things are but are being uplifted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lourdes Hernandez on December 17, 2012
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I loved all the creative ideas to work with children. The book has lots of great suggestions for how to get children to talk about their feelings.
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