Paperback: £16.99 / $24.95
2011, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-869-8, BIC 2: JKSF VFVK JMC
'This book is a welcome addition to the resources available to not only adoptive parents but also social workers in practice with children and young people with attachment issues.'
'This book is a discussion and guide on the use of narrative to help children and parents work through difficult behaviour and attachment issues. But it is also much more…. This
book's emphasis on helping parents do the therapeutic work of building the family as a safe healing space is spot on.'
- Children & Young People Now
'This book provides a very valuable, innovative resource for adoptive families supporting children with complex, traumatic early life histories. The focus is on empowering adoptive families to support their children with complex, traumatic early life stories. The focus is on empowering adoptive families to support their children, by giving them a thorough understanding of how early life history will affect each child's internal working model... I found this a very exciting, meaningful book. It provides clarity and recognition of the challenges and issues for adopted children with complex, traumatic early life histories.'
- Lapidus Journal
'Stories are the currency of life. "Connecting with Kids Through Stories: Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachement in Adopted Children" discusses the importance of stories in forming bonds with adopted children, to children who may not have had the easiest life coming into a caring parent's care.... A strong pick for parenting collections, especially those with a focus on adoption.'
- The Midwest Book Review
'This is a clear, practical, relevant and optimistic book that gives adoptive parents a deeper insight into the lives of their children, and an effective intervention made all the more attractive because it is based on the universally familiar and compelling business of telling stories about life’s most significant emotional experiences.'
- David Howe, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work and Psychology, University of East Anglia, UK
'This is a wonderful book that goes to the heart of the matter in healing traumatized adoptees. If adopted kids are to grow and thrive in their adoptive family, the how and why of the arrival into the forever home must be told. Using the context of storytelling to tell the often painful tale is brilliant – even challenging and older children will accept a story. I particularly like the abundant examples of stories, the words of encouragement to parents to get started, the use of narratives to cover all aspects of the aftermath of trauma, the overview of how trauma leaves a child afflicted and the overriding message that underneath all the chaotic behavior is a child desperately trying to tell us the meaning of his or her experiences. Once attune to this meaning, each member of the family can connect. Thus, the meaning of being a part of a healthy family emerges for the adoptee, brothers, sisters and parents.'
- Arleta James, therapist, Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, USA
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