Rollercoaster Series

By
  • Paula Nagel
    Principal Educational Psychologist at Place2Be

Illustrated by

This brand-new Series takes a challenging or significant life event as the focus for each story and aims to help children understand and normalise the range of emotions they may experience, and recognise and manage ‘big’ and ‘difficult’ feelings.

It is important for children to know that facing difficult situations, and the strong emotions which they can elicit, is part of life. How we cope with these events often depends on our mental health and the coping strategies we have learned.

These stories take situations that are familiar to children and use fictional characters to create some emotional distance, in order to consider emotional responses and support the safe exploration of coping strategies and problem solving. Each story comes with a workbook and guidance notes to assist the use of these highly practical and engaging resources.

  • Rollercoaster Series: Set book cover

    Rollercoaster Series

    Set

    By Paula Nagel

    PSHE delivery to promote mental health awareness and resilience, or can be read independently by children for enjoyment; the graphic format allows the thoughts, feelings and behaviours to be made explicit and accessible in a visual way, and will be attractive and accessible to children of different…

    Paperback – 2017-11-09
    Routledge
    Rollercoaster Series

  • What is 'It'? book cover

    What is 'It'?

    By Paula Nagel

    This therapeutic story focuses on low mood associated with bereavement. Sam feels low and fed up, but doesn't understand why he feels this way. Everyone else has an opinion on the change in his behaviour. His teacher thinks he is being lazy and can't be bothered to finish his work, his mum thinks…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
    Routledge
    Rollercoaster Series

  • But What If... book cover

    But What If...

    By Paula Nagel

    This therapeutic story focuses on worries about transition to secondary school. Jake is in Year 6. He is worried about the transition to secondary school because he has heard many rumours, including one about the older pupils flushing first years' heads down the toilets. The story illustrates how…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
    Routledge
    Rollercoaster Series

  • Mind Reading book cover

    Mind Reading

    By Paula Nagel

    This therapeutic story focuses on feelings of social isolation and unhelpful thinking habits linked to friendship difficulties. Stacie wonders why her best friend, Kayla, ignores her when she sees her in town at the weekend. All weekend she thinks about the possible reasons, and imagines some of…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
    Routledge
    Rollercoaster Series

  • Stuck on a Loop book cover

    Stuck on a Loop

    By Paula Nagel

    This therapeutic story focuses on intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviour, linked to exam anxiety. Everyone knows Gemma always gets thing 'right' and is top of the class. However she feels under pressure to do well in the Year 5 tests and is becoming increasingly worried. She thinks she has to…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
    Routledge
    Rollercoaster Series