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  • All About Me: A Step-by-Step Guide to Telling Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum about their Diagnosis

    All About Me: A Step-by-Step Guide to Telling Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum about their Diagnosis

    by Andrew Miller

    Based on direct work with over 250 individual children, Andrew Miller wrote this book in order to provide parents and professionals with information, tools and guidance to help introduce children to autism in the absence of specialist support. This in-depth guide describes the practicalities of disclosure, including when to tell, who should do it and what they need to know beforehand with strategies to tailor your approach as every child's experience will be different. Step-by-step instructions detail how to deliver the programme and produce with a child a personalised booklet...

  • Art Therapy in Private Practice: Theory, Practice and Research in Changing Contexts

    Art Therapy in Private Practice: Theory, Practice and Research in Changing Contexts

    by James West

    As perspectives on private art therapy practice evolve, this book provides an overview of the range of approaches, clinical settings, ethical issues and professional considerations when working outside of the formal structures of publically-funded services. An essential guide for art therapy students and experienced practitioners moving into private practice, it considers the impact of a private context on theory, practice and research. The book features contributions from art therapists with extensive experience in both private practice and public services and gives practical advice on potential difficulties, such as managing relationships with fee-paying...

  • Arts Activities for Children and Young People in Need: Helping Children to Develop Mindfulness, Spiritual Awareness and Self-Esteem

    Arts Activities for Children and Young People in Need: Helping Children to Develop Mindfulness, Spiritual Awareness and Self-Esteem

    by Diana Coholic

    Art-based activities can develop resilience and self-esteem, enabling children in need to cope better with ongoing stress and loss. Arts Activities for Children and Young People in Need offers interventions and exercises drawn from practice and research, for practitioners to use as a basis for their own arts-based groups or one-to-one sessions. Holistic arts activities facilitate a spiritually sensitive approach. Mindfulness-based exercises underpin the approach, and include guided meditations in which a group imagines that they are clouds, or draw feelings and emotions while listening to music, to encourage awareness...

  • Colouring Country. An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book

    Colouring Country. An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book

    by Ros Moriarty

    An all-ages colouring-in book based on Australian Indigenous artworks from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive. Colouring Country is an art therapy book with a difference. It features 42 full-colour reproductions of superb Indigenous Australian artworks, each with a colouring template and a description of its story and cultural context from the Dreamtime. The rhythm and motifs of Aboriginal artworks illustrate life in balance with the majesty of nature. They represent the joyful visual language of the world's oldest continuing culture. The works in Colouring Country are from the Balarinji Art...

  • Creating Children's Art Games for Emotional Support

    Creating Children's Art Games for Emotional Support

    by Vicky Barber

    Game playing is a highly effective way of engaging children and has long been acknowledged as an important psychological intervention. Vicky Barber has compiled this book of games to help children to confront personal problems and issues in a light-hearted yet meaningful way. These are games with a difference, as they must be constructed before they can be played. The creation aspect involves collaboration and cooperation within a team, and instils an empowering sense of ownership in the creators. By the time the game is ready to be played,...

  • Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis

    Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis

    by Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks

    "Every child's way of being can open doors to wisdom, compassion, and human connection. We need only to listen." This is among the conclusions that the authors, one of whom is an experienced foster parent and the other a professor of developmental psychology, draw as a result of working with a diverse range of children and families. Inspired by their relationships with families in crisis, the authors began to rethink the traditional foster care models and developed an innovative practice that afforded birth parents the opportunity to reside, under...

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