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 Inclusion, Play and Empathy

Inclusion, Play and Empathy

Neuroaffective Development in Children's Groups

Edited by Susan Hart. Foreword by Phyllis Booth

Quick Overview

Early interactions play a crucial role in the development of children's emotional, personal and social skills, and set the precedent for establishing a secure attachment relationship as they mature into adulthood. This book introduces the latest research into ways for professionals to encourage the development of these skills in children's groups.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 352pp
ISBN: 9781785920066
£22.99
Ebook
2016, ePUB, 352pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-243-0
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£22.99

Description

Contributions from early childhood educators, teachers, psychologists, music therapists, occupational therapists, and psychotherapists highlight the crucial role that early relationships and interactions in group settings play in the development of children's personal, emotional and social skills.

The book features the latest research and methods for successfully encouraging the development of these skills in groups of children aged 4-12. It explores how play within children's groups can be facilitated in order to foster emotional and empathic capacities, how to overcome common challenges to inclusion in schools and introduces practical, creative approaches to cultivating a sense of unity and team spirit in children's groups.

Reviews

'This is a compact information-laden volume that conveys a comprehensive understanding of play activity in the lives of children. Theory and practice are interwoven reflecting the diverse meanings of play for the individual child and his parents, as well as for groups of children playing together. The author has written about her own perspective on play as well as including the wisdom of her colleagues from allied disciplines. Susan Hart's vivid, inclusive and comprehensive view of play is a treasure!'
- Saralea Chazan Ph.D. Clinical-Child Psychologist

'This passionate book offers numerous creative and playful practices and innovative educational interventions for all those working with children in groups - be that teachers, mental health practitioners and allied professionals. Its richness lies in the diverse approaches presented and developed in different cultures and settings, but all with the main aim of stimulating the improvement of children's emotional, empathic and social learning. Essential reading for all those who believe that inclusive schools need to focus at least as much on promoting emotional and relational competencies as they do on cognitive and academic achievements.'
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'There is a great deal beyond words that should be part of the talking cure, particularly with children. This book gives the best map currently available to some of the techniques available to reach those children whose emotional vulnerability cannot be reached with verbal dialogue. A brilliant collection of essays.'
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'Brains allow humans to move, predictions make movements meaningful by mentalization, and mentalization is validated by feelings from emotions. This is the short version of this excellent introduction to the roles of play in the development of inclusionary empathy. The volume by eminent practitioners of the different fields is highly recommended to anyone concerned with the loss of empathy in the age of the internet.'
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