50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids

The authors of this book hold numerous qualifications and are very experienced in their fields. Dr. Lynne Kenney is a leading pediatric psychologist in the development of cognitive-physical activity programs for young children. She has produced numerous publications and many activities to improve children’s cognition through coördinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning. Wendy Young is an award-winning Child & Adolescent Therapist, counsellor and clinician.

This book is aimed at those who are concerned about children who are anxious, angry or whose behaviour is ‘over-the-top’. Although it is aimed at parents, much of the advice would be relevant to teachers and clinicians. The message of the book is ‘Together we can solve this’, and it offers words and actions to support better mood management and the development of emotional stability.

The book is colourful and uses a metaphor about plants to explain that some children, like plants, require more attention and nurturing skills than others and they draw on their professional and personal experiences in this respect. Chapters include: ‘Tearful Goodbyes: Smoother Separations’, ‘Children and Grief: An Early Mourning’ and ‘Tell, Don’t Yell: Calming the Chaos’. The book provides the reader with useful phrases to guide difficult conversations and also links to further resources. It is an excellent and user-friendly guide to managing difficult feelings and behaviours and reframing communication.

Authors: L. Kenney PsyD & W. Young: LMSW, BCD, Published by Unhooked Books, ISBN: 978-1-936268-82-5, Price: £11.99.

Mary Mountstephen
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