Developing Everyday Coping Skills in the Early Years: Proactive Strategies for Supporting Social and Emotional Development

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A&C Black, Feb 2, 2012 - Education - 128 pages
This book will help develop coping skills through arts and language-based activities. The strategies suggested build on children's existing knowledge and skills to enhance their learning, and will all contribute to:

improving all children's emotional health and creativity
developing resilience, particularly in periods of high stress such as transition from preschool to school
increasing children's capacity to cooperate, respect and work with others

The authors also explain how to identify children at risk, particularly those experiencing anxiety or delay in social and emotional development so that parents and practitioners can intervene early where developmental delays or socio-emotional difficulties exist. Practitioners and parents of children aged 3-8 will find a treasure trove of activities to build coping and self-esteem through creative play and imagination.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Some Important Concepts to Consider
7
The Worries of Young Children
19
An Introduction to Coping Images
35
Teaching Coping Skills across Various Group Settings
47
Developing Coping Skills through Art and Play
61
Learning Coping Skills through Music and Movement
76
Feeling Creating and Coping with Sounds and Rhythms
91
Encouraging Social and Emotional Development through Narrative
103
Harnessing the Strengths of a Family Group to Create Positive Outcomes for Young People
117
Supporting a Child Working with an External Health Professional
130
References
143
Index
153
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Erica Frydenberg is a clinical, organisational, counselling and educational psychologist. She practiced extensively in educational settings in Australia before joining the staff of the University of Melbourne, where she is an Associate Professor in Psychology in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and an elected member of its Board 2007-2009. Jan Deans is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Early Learning Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Kelly O'Brien is an Educational Psychologist withexperience in early childhood and early intervention, based in Australia. Kellycurrently works within the education sector where she has an interest in mentalhealth promotion and social and emotional learning. Kelly was instrumental inthe development of the Mentally Healthy Schools Framework, extending theAct-Belong-Commit campaign, the first mental health promotion campaign of itstype, to a school setting.

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