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Inspiring and Creative Ideas for Working with Children

Inspiring and Creative Ideas for Working with Children

How to Build Relationships and Enable Change

Deborah M. Plummer

Quick Overview

Packed full of creative ideas, it describes a host of different ways to help children build emotional resilience and cope with challenges they may face. Ideal for all children and young people, especially those struggling with issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety or stress, the techniques can be used by professionals in any setting.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 9.02in x 6.18in / 229mm x 157mm, 120pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-651-9
2016, ePUB, 112pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-146-4
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Employing a range of innovative and creative ideas, this book is full of tips to engage children and promote their wellbeing.

Children are vulnerable to low self-esteem, stress and anxiety because they are still growing and learning. This book looks at what we can do to minimise children's vulnerability to issues such as these, help them to build emotional resilience and teach them effective strategies for dealing with life's ups and downs. The book offers a host of different approaches that adults can use with children, including image-making, storytelling and puppetry. Chapters are brought to life with the voices of parents and professionals describing how these techniques worked for them. They also include guidance on how the principles can be used by professionals in the home, in schools or in therapeutic settings.


'By taking completely natural and fun ways of engaging with children and backing them with evidence, structure and ideas for differentiation, Plummer has created an approach that will both enable and enthral. Children and their supporting adults will experience genuine joy and personal growth as they work through these ideas which draw on both modern and traditional ideas from a range of cultures.'
- Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Specialist

'This refreshing book combines clear core principles for developing relationships with an enthusiastic and helpful 'have a go' approach to collaborative storytelling with children, providing many useful examples.'
- Dr Vivien Norris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Family Place

'In this wonderful guide, Deborah Plummer offers a treasure trove of of creative approaches for engaging and working with children.'
- Christopher Willard, PsyD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School and Author of Growing Up Mindful

'As a children's counsellor, I would...recommend the book's direct use in my own field, and also as a source of inspiration for teachers and parents.'
- Judith Sonnenburg, Child and family counsellor


By (author): Deborah Plummer