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Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour Paperback – May 1, 2008
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Included in the text are eighty stories divided into different behaviour categories for easy reference - to work with directly, adapt or use as models for creating your own tales. Brief notes precede each story, with an age guide and suggestions for use. The categories cover many kinds of commonly identified challenging behaviour, from dishonesty through laziness to teasing and bullying; everyday situations like `tidy-up time'; experiences such as `moving house'; or problems and difficulties such as `separation anxiety', `fear and nightmares' and `illness and grieving'. The range of selected stories and ideas are suitable for ages three to eight.
If you feel inspired to write your own therapeutic tales, the text provides a story-making model - a threefold framework of `Metaphor', `Journey' and `Resolution' - to guide you.
Beside this framework, the book has chapters on age-appropriate stories, multicultural perspectives, props and presentation aids, and guidelines for the telling of stories. It is my hope, with some help from these sections, that you will feel encouraged to write and tell your own stories, and so perpetuate and develop age-old story traditions.
Top Customer Reviews
My three year old was screaming at me for something (a regular occurrence) and so suddenly (remembering "Healing Stories..") I asked her if I had ever told her the story of Screamy Mimi. She quieted instantly and all ears perked up. I told a story, using what I had learned, about a little girl who screamed at everyone instead of talking and so no one could understand what she was saying. Anyway, she finds an owl in the forest who teachers her how to communicate in a way that people will listen and finds great friendship and happiness. No more screaming! Today at least :)
The wisdom is invaluable, I can see this book as possibly the defining outside source of my parenting style (along with Simplicity Parenting, of course). Highly recommended.
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, Author of "Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth"
Susan's model for story writing is simple and clear. If you wish to learn to write your own stories or share some wonderful stories with your children, I highly recommend this book. Susan's stories are wholesome and so enjoyable. I am quite inspired to start illustrating these stories with my children as an artistic activity, thereby allowing the stories to live more fully within us.
Thank you Susan !!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a 6 yr old son who has loads of behavioral issues as well as recently diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and ADHD. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Vt Momma 2010
What a great collection of stories! There really is something soothing in her stories that resonates with my children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Clayton
My 5 year old loves this book. Simple stories with different good messages. We read it like a storybook, not necessarily picking and choosing specific stories as we go. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jen l
Good book addressing many different types of 'challenging' behaviour - not just the traditional types that come to mind (e.g. aggressive)Published 8 months ago by AS
wonderful book, the stories are well written and the messages are subtle, but understood by my six year old daughter.Published 13 months ago by Heather
This book is great! My kids love the stories and so do it. Great lessons. Really cleverly written. I love holding this book in my hands. I recommend it very highly!Published 13 months ago by Bridget R. Shen
Healing stories has a wonderful variety of stories that can match any situation that arises in a classroom at any given moment. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Megan Riley
I have a child with mild autism who just turned 5 and this book is AMAZING! It helps calm him down and he LOVES the stories, he wants me to read it every minute of every day! LOLPublished 17 months ago by E. Stewart