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Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour Paperback – May 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1903458785 ISBN-10: 1903458781 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Early Years
  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903458781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903458785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Susan Perrow's inspirational adventures with storytelling have grown into this inspiring book. May its pages encourage you to speak healing words that help both children and adults to flourish. Her wisdom, imagination and generosity will kindle the joy and healing power of storytelling in you.' Nancy Mellon, author of Storytelling with Children" --Nancy Mellon, author of Storytelling with Children

From the Author

Working with both modern and traditional tales, and many personal stories, the following chapters offer imaginative possibilities for transforming problematic behaviour and situations with young children. They also provide teachers, parents, childcare workers and child therapists with a range of skills to create stories that address challenging behaviour.

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.


More About the Author

My name is Susan Perrow.
I am an Australian whose 'work' passion is stories and storytelling. I am a writer, storyteller, teacher trainer and parent educator. For the last 30 years I have been documenting stories from other cultures, writing stories and telling stories to groups of children and adults - all this woven in with a career in teaching and teacher training in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and the US/Canada.
Current Work: Today my time is spent writing, consulting with teachers, parents and therapists, and running workshops on therapeutic story-writing and storytelling. I travel internationally - from China to Africa, Europe to America and across my own sun-drenched land of Australia. When I am home I enjoy walking, kayaking and swimming, and lots of family time.
My first book, Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour, and my second book, Therapeutic Storytelling, have been translated into several languages, including Mandarin (simplified Chinese), Korean, Traditional Chinese, Croatian and Portuguese. A Japanese translation, with illustrations, has just been released (29/7/13) - 'Stories to Touch the Hearts of Children' - the book includes some new stories written for families that survived the 2011 tsunami. A Bulgarian translation is in the pipeline!
I am also working on an e-book series - 'A Spoonful of Stories' - each book with a different theme. My first one was launched in February 2013.

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Her book has been instrumental in helping me to understand the power of storytelling and the benefits.
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One way to tell stories is to read them out of a book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Bridge on February 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book lays out ways to develop yourself as a storyteller while giving background in how healing/encouraging stories are important for children's development and stages of growth. (Stories give an inner picture for the developing) My husband and I both appreciate this book and have pulled out the book for times when we are noticing a pattern in our child that is developing (eg. not sharing with others). The index for stories if very easy to use... and both our children have enjoyed the stories for over a year now... (children 4 and 7 now). In fact, we have read these stories even when we have not had "challenging behaviour"-- they are simple and enjoyable.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SunflowerGarden on April 10, 2009
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Since reading this book, I have gone from being a storytime reader to story teller. I have used Susan Perrow's stories with my son, family, friends, and in the classroom. Her book has been instrumental in helping me to understand the power of storytelling and the benefits. The stories are very satisfying to the listener and when the children see me again, they ask for another story. On my end, storytelling does not come naturally. The tips on successful story telling and how to create your own stories have been especially useful.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Beyersdoerfer on June 24, 2010
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It was recommended at the annual Waldorf conference this year. I have read a few stories and they have worked out for our family. The discipline chapter about how to approach dealing with bad tempers is very buddhist related (which also serves as a learning guide for both parent and child). They loved the story on the water sprites for going potty. I believe it is geared for younger kids; perhaps seven and below (depending on child). I wish I read this for my first child!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Traci on December 1, 2010
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I am always looking for good stories for my son (3 years old) - He is so quick to internalize and begin imitating stories I give him that I want each one to be worthy of our time and his attention. This book is FULL of wonderful short stories for nap time or bed time. We have never had a book before without pictures, but ever since I opened this one, he has not wanted to go back to his picture books. He enjoys imagining the scenes in his mind as I read. I appreciate that the book is divided into topics (stories for situations a child may be facing, such as feeling shy, clinging to mom, being uncooperative, feeling impatient). Also, the stories are prefaced with a guide for what is age-appropriate. I can tell that we will be using this book not just now but well into his 7th or 8th year.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liana Lowenstein on May 20, 2010
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A wonderful collection of therapeutic stories to integrate into therapy sessions. Stories are beautifully written to address a wide range of issues including dishonesty, disruptive behaviour, shyness, bullying, grief, and separation anxiety. An important addition to the field!

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, Author of "Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shalini on June 23, 2009
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I have had the pleasure of attending Susan's Storytelling Workshop which I really enjoyed. For almost a year now I have been reading the stories from this book to both my 6 and 3 (age appropriately) year olds. They absolutely love these stories and I am constantly asked to read "just one more please mummy". They even ask to read these stories when they wake first thing in the morning too. These stories will delight all children and are not meant only for those with challenging behaviours.

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 !!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erica on March 21, 2011
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Love this book. It is FULL of very enjoyable stories (pretty much for ages 3-4 and up), categorized by "behavior issue". However, it is relevant to note that the stories stand strong in their own right and certainly don't need to be told only inthe context of a child's behavior issue. The stories include the author's own as well as classic stories from around the world and others from her colleagues. She also has a very encouraging and helpful section on developing your own story-telling skills. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CJD on January 8, 2011
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Love this book. The title is deceptive (I think) and this is my only critical remark on it. If you could only buy one book on storytelling to children, this would be it. This is not only about storytelling but gives actual stories that are unique and easy/fairly easy to memorize. And the children love them. I ignored this book for months because of the title, since I didn't have "problem" children or behaviour problems to speak of. But once I actually looked into the book I saw that there was much more here than what the title incurred. I recommend this to anyone serious about teaching or raising healthy children through the wonder of storytelling.
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