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The Big Hug books grew out of letters sent to children and their families after their psychology sessions. Each book has its origins in a real need for a real child with a real problem and offers real strategies from a real psychologist. The heart-felt illustrations and simple words aim to simplify tricky situations and soothe strong emotions. The books aim to give children, and the people who care for them, a way to talk about problems.
Friendship is Like a Seesaw explores the ups and downs that occur in friendships, or indeed, in many other kinds of relationships. This book acknowledges that even the healthiest of friendships can have their tricky moments.
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Shona Innes is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. Since the 1980s she have been helping children, teens, adults and other psychologists to deal with challenges that come their way.
Describing the emotion of anxiety, as it is experienced by young children, this book attempts to offer various solutions. It is part of a series to help children deal with emotions they experience in their everyday lives. Also includes notes for teachers and parents. More info
A picture story book especially for children who have bad dreams or nightmares. It both entertains and gives children the tools they need to understand their dreams and the feelings that cause them. It also provides parents with loving and effective strategies for responding to children who wake them in the night with bad dreams. The essence of the story is a progression in which Joey, an adorable kangaroo, goes from believing in and being tormented by his bad dreams to understanding that he is their author. By... More info
Max loves all sorts of creepy things and through sharing his adventures in searching for new creatures children will develop an understanding of how at times Max may feel safe or unsafe and use safety networks. This story is designed to teach children about the importance of noticing their natural warning signals and the value of consulting adults when faced with an uncertain situation. Produced in conjunction with the Protective Behaviours Program, this is a good resource to share with kids who may be inclined to put their curiosity... More info