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Developing Children’s Resilience and Mental Health
REAL Skills for All Aged 4-8

ISBN 9781138335431
Published September 18, 2018 by Routledge
104 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the increased focus on providing for children’s mental health, there is ever more demand for resources that will support educational settings to help children develop the skills needed to cope in today’s world. This book presents nursery and school staff with a simple, jargon-free guide which offers a creative approach to supporting young children to develop their social and emotional skills throughout the academic year.

Developing Children’s Resilience and Mental Health is a comprehensive programme made up of fun, practical activities in a 32-session format. Each session contains a warm-up, main learning activity, and relaxation exercise, focusing on four REAL core themes of development:

  • Relationships
  • Emotions
  • Awareness
  • Learning

Each session can be carried out on a weekly basis to build a firm foundation for children's development and to help reduce issues related to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. With almost 100 activities in total and session-related homework tasks, this book is a vital resource for school staff and educational practitioners.

Table of Contents

Section 1. Introduction  Section 2. Top tips for teachers  Section 3. Relationships  Section 4. Emotions  Section 5. Awareness  Section 6. Learning  Section 7. Appendices


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Susana Goncalves Viana is an author, a qualified Educational Psychologist, and a school and family coach. She is founder and CEO of SerutuFutures Ltd., whose work focuses on supporting children to develop their happiness and resilience. Prior to that she worked as a Specialist Educational Psychologist for 11 years at a London Local Authority. She has also worked as a teacher in the UK and Portugal.