A Practical Guide for Managing Big Feelings and Hidden Fears
- Available for pre-order on June 21, 2023. Item will ship after July 12, 2023
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To get the full Who’s Afraid of the Monster? experience, this book can be purchased alongside the storybook. Both books can be purchased together as a set: Who’s Afraid of the Monster: A Storybook and Guide for Managing Big Feelings and Hidden Fears, 978-1-032-33431-8.
A vital resource, this guide provides practical strategies to address children’s anxieties about real and hidden issues. Intended for use with the accompanying storybook, Who’s Afraid of the Monster?, which offers a child-friendly story in verse of a monster who nobody has seen or heard and a King who pretends to be brave but is very scared, this guide provides the theory behind, and offers practical solutions, to a variety of big feelings and hidden fears.
A companion guide for use by primary educators, support staff and all those working with children, the book is divided into three easy to follow parts. Part 1 presents the theory behind how and why big feelings in children arise and how creative art and drama can help. Part 2 contains activities and exercises with photocopiable instructions, as well as a list of resources for each activity and guidelines for safe working. Part 3 offers further activities and ways in which to exploit the story such as discussion points, plays and models.
Underpinned by substantiated theory into the stages of children’s emotional development, it offers realistic solutions for parents, carers, teachers and classroom assistants who simply do not have the time or resources to attend to their children’s very real but hard-to-verbalise fears.
Table of Contents
Why this Book now
How to use this Book
Resources and Materials
Why Creative Art and Drama Activities
The Value of Metaphor
What happens in Children’s Brains
Helping the Child Manage Big Feelings
Stages of Emotional Development
Emotional Development and Abstract Fear
Externalising and Witnessing
The Importance of Ritual
Big Feelings List
Big Feelings and Happiness Box
Robot Doll Mime
Angry Monster Drawing
About Me Book
Golden String Breathing
Worry Doll Drawing
Safe Place Drawing
Go Worry Rhyme
Bad Dream Storyboard
Pink and Blue Room Discussion
Ideas for Discussion
Ideas for Enactment
Speaking from Role
Penny McFarlane works as a clinical supervisor and trainer for counsellors and arts therapists. Formerly a mainstream teacher, she qualified as a dramatherapist and then spent 25 years bringing dramatherapy into education.
Rebecca Jarvis graduated with a first class BA(Hons) in Illustration at University of Plymouth, UK.