Developing Everyday Coping Skills in the Early Years : Proactive Strategies for Supporting Social and Emotional Development
This evidence-based book will help parents and practitioners to develop children's coping skills through arts and language-based strategies. 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; and, 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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- Paperback | 144 pages
- 169 x 244 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
- 29 Mar 2012
- Continuum Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
- 30 bw illustrations
Table of contents
Introduction.; 1. Social and emotional development in the Early Years; 2. Developing coping skills in a group setting; 3. Talking and listening; 4. Dance and drama; 5. Visual arts; 6. Music; 7. Clinical contexts; 8. Family contexts; 9. Utilising opportunities that may arise - incidental learning; Index.
'Based on research over many years, at last there is a book to help young children develop coping strategies needed for a strong sense of self and socio-emotional skills needed for success in life!Using coping images to promote discussion, arts, and other discipline-based learning activities, this book provides the theoretical base and practical strategies to help young children cope in positive ways with hard situations important to the age. Applicable to classrooms and to the home environment, as well as dealing with coping for students with special needs, this book is needed more than ever in our increasingly stressful and complex world to prepare young children to successfully manage their fears and feelings.' LeoNora M. Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Education, Oregon State University, USA
About Kelly O'brien
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 with experience in early childhood and early intervention, based in Australia. Kelly currently works within the education sector where she oversees the local implementation of Act-Belong-Commit, the first comprehensive, community-wide positive mental health promotion campaign undertaken anywhere in the world. 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. Erica has authored over 100 academic journal articles and chapters in the field of coping, published psychological instruments to measure coping and developed programs to teach coping skills.