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The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens
Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula
by Lindsey Joiner
Publisher:Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
If you work with children over 5 or teenagers in any kind of therapeutic or educational setting then this is a book that will spark your imagination and provide you with a number of invaluable resources.
Whether you work in a group or on a one to one basis; in a formal teaching or therapeutic capacity or a more informal leaders role then this is a book you will welcome on your book shelf. Filled with activities to do with young people to aid them in dealing with a variety of situations such as self esteem issues, negative thoughts or anger management to name but a few you will be glad to have this on hand when planning sessions.
The book is set out in what I think of as a cook book style, with a list of materials required, the purpose of the activity and then a brief but clearly written description of the activity, including easy to scan handouts where required. Not all activities are suitable for all settings, with some specific to day camps or longer group settings but I would be very surprised if there isn't something for everyone here. I think it is worth mentioning that some of the activities have a very American feel on first reading but can easily be adapted to meet other nationalities requirements. And that is for me perhaps one of the beautiful things about this book, most of the activities can easily be tailored to suit individual needs and settings, indeed many of the activities have variations already included.
As a counsellor I can honestly say I have and will continue to use some of the activities in the book.
Reviewer: Allison Carroll (22/05/13)