by Margot Sunderland
Each guidebook focuses on key feelings and is written in a very user-friendly language, covering the most relevant psychotherapeutic and neurobiological theories for the feeling.
Hattie lives by herself on an island. She likes anything hard and spiky. Lots of people try to bring kindness to Hattie on her island, but each time she is very horrid to them, smashing and spoiling everything they try to do for her. So after a while they all stop coming to the island. Hattie is very alone, and she tries to figure out why she hates love and loves hate. She thinks it must be because she is a very bad girl. But the lapping water over her feet help her understand her sadness in a too hard world, she has become hard too, so that the awful fear and pain could go away. In the end, Hattie builds a bridge to the warm and cozy world across the water.
If a child is to benefit from the full therapeutic potential of the storybooks, then we strongly recomend that the accompanying guidebooks are used in conjunction with the stories. We advise reading the accompanying guide book before reading the story with the child, which will enable you to come to the child from a far more informed postion, and thus offer a far richer and more empathetic response.
Each guide book focuses on a key feeling and is written in a very user-friendly language, covering the most relevant psychotherapeutic and neurobiological theories for that feeling.
Includes what children themselves have said about what it is like for them, what they have felt struggling with the too difficult feeling and what they have done because of it.
Provides exercises, tasks and ideas for things to say and do to help children. The exercises and ideas are specifically designed to help a child think about, express and process the feelin to the point of resolution. Some are also designed to inspire children to speak more about what they are feling through their own spontaneous story making.
Includes pictures and stories by children.
Many of the exercises offered will support children in creative, imaginative and playful ways of expressing themselves.
A guidebook to help children who:
- hurt, hit, bite, smash, kick, shout, scream or who are out of control, hyperaroused or hyperactive
- can only discharge their angry feelings in verbal or physical attacks, rather than being able to think about and reflect on what they feel
- are angry because it is easier than feeling hurt or sad
- are locked in anger or rage because of sibling rivalry
- are controlling and punitive
- regularly defy authority or are diagnosed with a conduct disorder
- commit cold acts of cruelty, hurt animals or do not cry any more
- spoil, damage or destroy what others do or make create fear in others because they have locked away their own fears
- do not want to please people, cannot trust, have stopped looking for love or approval or truly believe they do not need anyone
- do not really know how to 'like' someone, and definitely do not know how to love someone or are affectionate only if they want something
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