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Home-made Books
Material drawn from:
Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope:
An easy to learn technique for parents
and professionals
Author: Robert G Ziegler, MD
Magination Press, Washington, 1992
ISBN: 0-945354-50-9
Introduction
• The value of writing stories with children
• Helping children deal with different situations
• Valuable for parents, carers and professionals
• Useful with all ages of children
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Three types of books
• Books to describe situations
• Books to define feelings
• Books to make general and empathetic
statements
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Books to describe a situation
• A natural way to prepare for change and
transitions
• A helpful way to introduce new ideas
• Helps parents and carers too – gives them
time to reflect
• Unique messages
• Repeating and reinforcing messages
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Books to define feelings
• Feelings – a large part of a child's experience
• Describing a behaviour enables a child to
identify and understand feelings
• Helpful for children in visualising feelings
• Helps children to accept feelings about a
situation
• Acknowledge the challenge to adult ability to
accept feelings
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Books to make an empathetic
statement
• Natural and conformable way to get a little
distance
• Helps a child to get and keep a sense of
perspective
• Finding a generally empathetic statement
(qualified by ‘sometimes’)
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Benefits
• A tangible sense of involvement with a child
• Building understanding between adult and
child
• Increasing acceptance
• Creating grounds for further dialogue
• Focusing on relationships
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Tools and techniques for
making books
• Drawing
– Draw the pictures yourself
– Child draws the pictures
– Do it together
• Scrapbook
• Cut and paste from magazines
• Use photos
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Tools and techniques
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Computers
Borders, illustrations, clip art
Adding in text
Draw, paint programmes, desktop publishing
Import photos and cartoons
Computer-based book can include
animations, etc.
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Materials for paper books
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Paper – different colours sizes and types
Pencils, felt pens, gel pens
Scrap materials – magazines, catalogues
Scissors
Glue stick
Photos
Hole punches, staples
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Some situations when it’s useful
for professionals
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Introducing yourself as new worker
Explaining why you are there
Reflecting on situations and events
Introducing change, e.g. new baby, change of
school or placement
• Exploring behaviour issues
• Preparing for court
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
Finally
‘In creating a book about a difficult experience,
the child is able to develop mastery and
control by putting words to affectively charged
situations, one of the first steps in changing
behaviour…’
Madeline Steinberg, Psy.D.
Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Hospital
Communicating with Children ©
National Children's Bureau 2006
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