Review: by Karen Bailey, Educational
Psychologist, in The Psychologist October, 2007
Expertly but simply written … superbly but constructively illustrated, this
well structured little workbook is an absolute must have for any educational
psychologist, teacher, teaching assistant or parent. Jam-packed full of
practical ideas to help young children manage anxiety, this book brings together
bits of cognitive behaviour therapy and solution focused therapy in a very
clever and interactive way. Aimed essentially at individual children, I am sure
that the 12 sessions outlined in this book could easily be adapted to working
with small groups of children, which would then prove even more beneficial and
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Review: School Library Association, Summer, 2007 (SLA)
These accessible and easily assimilated slim books (refers also to Worry Box)
are essentially practical and practically applicable. They are highly
recommended as staff resources for any school nursery and pre-school facilities
or active connections locally.
The first, on behaviour management, has strategies for observing and
assessing behaviour in a consistent manner as well as analyses of differing
types of behaviour and a look at what is ‘typical’ anyway. As well as
suggestions of procedures to follow there are helpful explorations of other
avenues, in case things do not quite work out as desired, and a section on
supporting parents. This book is a companion to the An A-Z of Tricky Behaviours
in the Early Years.
The second book here, Worry Box, looks at things from the perspectives
of the youngsters themselves and the multifarious causes of anxiety, real and
perceived. The bulk of this book comes as 12 useful techniques and activities.
The publisher’s website, has details of a number of other short and extremely
usable books by Dr Mortimer on such topics as inclusion policy and advice for
parents and carers groups.