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Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change
A Guide for Professionals and Parents

ISBN 9781911186281
Published September 20, 2019 by Routledge
168 Pages 16 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Whether it’s the grief of bereavement, the strain of divorce or the uncertainty of a new home or school, loss and change affect children in countless ways. Nevertheless, teachers and parents frequently find themselves ill-equipped to help children struggling with the difficult feelings that these situations, and others like them, bring. Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change offers guided support for teachers, health professionals and parents.

Designed for use with children aged 4-10, this guide offers:

  • Case studies illustrating various signs of grief and loss, to help the caregiver spot and manage a child’s pain.
  • Therapeutic stories designed to be read with the child, and with prompt questions to encourage discussion.
  • Creative activities and exercises that can be developed into a therapeutic ‘toolkit’ to support the child and the caregiver themselves.

With chapters that move from Loss and Change to Resolution and Resilience, addressing the needs of both the child and caregiver, Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change will be an invaluable therapeutic tool.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Section 1: Loss  Section 2: Change  Section 3: Resolution  Section 4: Resilience  Appendices  Resources  Acknowledgements  Index

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Amanda Seyderhelm is an experienced play therapist and enables affected children to make sense of their feelings and to find a comfortable way to express themselves and their worries through their natural language of play.

She can be found in her Stamford practice where she offers one-to-one sessions, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children where is an ambassador. She is also the resident play therapist at the Faculty of The Child and Family Practice, London, a centre of excellence for child and family mental health. Amanda has a BA degree in English Literature and Social Anthropology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy and a post-graduate certificate in systemic approaches to treatingindividuals, families and organisatons from The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is a member of Play Therapy UK and The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.