This hands-on workbook is an invaluable resource for all professionals who work with young children, both in clinics and schools, including teachers, activity leaders and therapists. It provides an overview of the book's basis in humanistic philosophy, a discussion of the role of group leaders and how to start and run a group. It contains 40 varied group activities, some original and some more well known, each with clear guidelines, photocopiable worksheets and anecdotal evaluations. Guidance is given on how to use the activities in a pick-and-mix approach, with a gradual build up from simple listening and turn-taking exercises to empathy, problem-solving and dealing with emotions. Divided into activities for infants and juniors, they are designed to use different strengths within the children, including verbal, non-verbal, trust, imagination and physical. Using these activities in a group setting will create an environment, where children feel listened to, accepted and valued, and in which they can grow emotionally.
"Easy-to-read and user-friendly â€¦ this is a very useful and thoughtfully presented resource that will be beneficial to new group workers and a welcome prompt to more experienced ones." — Helga Gore, CAMHS, NAPOT
"Contains 46 playful activities in three easy-to-read sections." — Healing Magazine
"A user-friendly practical resource for therapists and teachers alike…The main part offers a well of ideas for group activities which are clearly presented…What is attractive about this resource is the easy-to-read and user-friendly style. Overall, this is a very useful and thoughtfully presented resource that will be beneficial to new groups workers and a welcome prompt to more experienced ones." — Helga Gore, Senior Occupational Therapist, CAMHS, Airedale NHS Trust, NAPOT