Can I tell you about Loneliness?

Can I tell you about Loneliness? : A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

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Meet Jan. Jan is sometimes lonely. In this illustrated guide, he describes what loneliness feels like and how it affects him at home and school. He explains what he can do to feel less lonely, and how his teachers, family and friends can help him too.

Child loneliness is an area of growing concern. This book is an ideal way to start a conversation about loneliness with anyone aged 7-18 and to help children understand the importance of healthy solitude, as well as socialising. It also includes a useful list of recommended reading, organisations and websites for further information and support.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 155 x 228 x 5mm | 110g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations throughout
  • 1785922432
  • 9781785922435
  • 944,358

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Introducing Jan, who is sometimes lonely. 2. What is the difference between loneliness and solitude? 3. Feeling lonely at school. 4. Why do I feel lonely in school? 5. Feeling lonely at home. 6. When do I feel most lonely? 7. What about my friends? 8. How does loneliness affect me? 9. Helping myself. 10. Where is the best place to go? 11. Why does music or drawing help? 12. How can my teachers help, in lessons? 13. How can my teachers help, outside lessons? 14. How can family and friends help? 15. Recommended reading, organisations and websites.
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Review quote

a real winner. Lots of black and white illustrations make it easily read, and it will be good for schools as well as home. Teachers and parents will note that a sad and sometimes difficult child may be experiencing loneliness. -- Healthy Books Readers interested in the social and emotional development of children and youth will find Dr. Stern's book on loneliness both informative and immensely accessible. The generously illustrated narrative provides useful suggestions and needed recommendations to effectively address the issue both in school and at home. Educators and school-based counselors will find this book especially useful. -- Christopher Sink, Professor and Batten Chair, Counseling and Human Services, Old Dominion University Julian Stern has made an invaluable contribution to this remarkable series. The book, based on sensitive conversations with young people, identifies many situations when a young person may feel lonely - but also (most importantly) how parents, teachers and others misunderstand. Therefore, an important read not only for the young people, but also for those who care for them. -- Professor Richard Pring, Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford
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About Julian Stern

Julian Stern is Professor of Education and Religion at York St John University, UK. He previously worked as a school teacher and is the author of numerous books including Loneliness and Solitude in Education.
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