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70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning & Behavior

Lynne Kenney with Rebecca Comizio

With over 70 activities designed to improve thinking, self-regulation, learning and behavior, your tool kit will be full and your creative brain will be inspired to craft your own meaningful exercises. Packed with worksheets, handouts, and guided scripts with step-by-step directions, this definitive resource can be used with children aged 6-12, but activities have been used for some from 4-72! Excellent source of activities that are fun, imaginative, and brain-based, for children and adolescents to develop attention, planning, executive function and mood management skills.

28x22cm  183 pages  $54.00  

Alphabet of the human heart

The A to Zen of Life

Matthew Johnstone, James Kerr

A handbook for the happy, and a bible for the broken-hearted, this book is an enchanting and enriching journey through the upside and the downside of what it means to be human - our hope and our fears, our strengths and our weaknesses, our highs and our lows.

17x17cm  $20.00  

Arrival, The

Shaun Tan

The Arrival is book of illustrations without words, a silent graphic novel. Through a series of connecting images, it tells the story of a migrant leaving his home, crossing an ocean to a strange new city and eventually learning how to live there. The migrant is unable to understand such things as the language, transportation, food and housing of this foreign place and therefore neither should the reader, hence the absence of words.The artwork embraces the texture of old sepia photographs that typically documented social life during the early nineteenth century. The entire work of art simultaneously appears as a strange photo album.
Shaun Tan is an award winning Australian author and illustrator, well-known for The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, which have both received awards. This illustrative masterpiece will appeal directly to children and adults of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.Ages: 9+

128 pages  $33.00  

Authentic Happiness

Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Martin Seligman

"Authentic Happiness" launched the revolutionary new science of Positive Psychology and sparked a coast-to-coast debate on the nature of real happiness. According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one s personal strengths rather than weaknesses and working with them to improve all aspects of one s life. Using practical exercises, brief tests, and a dynamic website program, Seligman shows readers how to identify their highest virtues and use them in ways they haven t yet considered. Accessible and proven, "Authentic Happiness" is the most powerful work of popular psychology in years."

21x14cm  321 pages  $35.00  

Big Words for Little People

Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

This new book in the always colourful, always fun, 'Books to Grow By' series, explores the language of good values as children learn big words in this hilarious and boisterous book.

25x29cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities

Bonnie Thomas

Some children need quiet and soothing activities to calm them down, whereas others require more physical activity or intense sensory input to relax their minds and bodies.
This resource comprises a collection of fun, flexible, tried-and-tested activities and make-it-yourself workbooks for parents and professionals to help a child in need of extra emotional support find the coping skills that fit them best. Each activity lists the materials required and includes clear directions for how to do it. There is something for every child: whether they are dynamic and creative or more cerebral and literal. Projects include making wish fairies, dream catchers, and mandalas; managing unstructured time with activities such as creating comics, dioramas and tongue twisters; and simple ideas for instant soothing, such as taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles, making silly faces, and playing music. Also includes specific interventions for anxious or grieving children such as making worry dolls and memory shrines.
This book is full of fun, easy, creative project ideas for parents of children aged 3-12, teachers, counselors, play therapists, social workers, and all professionals working with children.

28x22cm  192 pages  $42.00  

Developing Emotional Literacy with Teenage Boys

Tina Rae & Lisa Pedersen

Challenges young men to acknowledge the importance of emotional development and covers behavior-related issues. Statistics indicate that males make up a disproportionate number of children with behavior problems and with learning problems, giving rise to concerns about young men's ability to maintain relationships.
Providing comprehensive facilitator's notes, this research-based book, with accompanying CD-ROM, covers topics that include: Appearance Girl friends Sex Tolerance Drugs awareness Crime and punishment

28x21cm  160 pages  $62.95  

Developing Emotional Literacy with Teenagers

Building Confidence, Self-Esteem and Self Awareness 2nd ed

Tina Rae

The pressures and concerns of teenagers are at the forefront of their emotional and mental health. This resource provides young men and women with guidance and tools to recognise the importance of social skills to aid their development. The sessions and practical activities will allow students to address issues of identity, self esteem and self awareness based on the author's research and experience. Covering issues including relationships, drugs and problem solving the new edition will also cover: - Gang cultures - Cyber-bullying - Future pressures - Eating disorders This new resource also introduces therapeutic approaches to promote well-being including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing as well as offering easily accessible worksheets and materials available to download online. Tina Rae has once again devised an innovative and engaging programme.

176 pages  $88.00  

Emotional Intelligence

Anniversary Edition - 10th edition.

Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and motivation, empathy and social deftness. These are the qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. with new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthed in all of us. And because emotional lessons a child learns actually sculp the brain's circuitry, Goleman provides detailed guidance as to how parents and schools can benefit from this.

13x20cm  235 pages  $32.95  


Making Sense of Your Feelings

Mary Lamia

Emotions affect motivation, self-awareness, social relationships, decision-making, self-control, and your ability to achieve goals. Yet many young adults have little understanding about how emotions actually manifest in daily life. In this book, clinical psychologist Mary Lamia breaks down individual emotions such as shame, anger, hope, and happiness and shows teens where each emotion originates, how it makes you feel physically and mentally, and what you can do about it if it feels too big or out of control. This is an invaluable book for any teen struggling with strong emotions or anyone who wants to understand more about themselves and their emotion-fueled life.

22x14cm  146 pages  $28.00  

Learned Optimism

How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Martin Seligman

This book shows us how to stop automatically assuming guilt; how to get out of the habit of seeing the direst possible implications in every setback; how to be optimistic. Seligman documents the effects of optimism on the quality of life, provides tests to determine the degree of our negative and positive orientation, and offers a program of specific exercises to help break the habit of pessimism and learn the habit of optimism for both ourselves and our children.

14x21cm  319 pages  $30.00  

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

John Gottman

Gottman draws on his studies of more than 120 families to zero in on the parenting techniques that ensure a child's emotional health. He then translates his methods into an easy, five-step "emotional coaching" program designed to help parents enrich the bond between themselves and their children.

21x14cm  240 pages  $33.00  

Six Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenager

Teaching Social Skills to Your Teen

James Windell

Helping teenagers navigate the rocky years between childhood and adulthood has always been a parenting challenge— a challenge that has only grown more difficult in today's fast-paced society. Noted parenting author and psychologist James Windell knows teens. He interacts with them every day. In this book, he offers exercises and practical ideas on how parents can raise a well-adjusted teenager with a solid chance for a successful life. Unlike so many books on parenting and teens that focus on discipline, this book emphasizes the importance of goal-setting, communication, and the development of social skills during the teen years. It reveals how to develop teens' emotional intelligence by demonstrating to them how they can handle their own emotions and respond constructively to the emotions of others.

14x22cm  213 pages  $40.00  

Stop Overreacting

Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions

Judith Siegel

Stop Overreacting presents Siegel's model for coping with intense reactions to difficult or overwhelming emotions. First, readers examine their unprocessed feelings about past events in their lives and discover how past relationships and events have continued to influence their current interpersonal relationships and needs. The book explains the concepts of splitting (seeing things in black and white and acting accordingly) and flooding (reacting to all similar intense emotional experiences in the past, rather than focusing on the instance at hand). Then, readers learn new skills for neutralizing emotional triggers and returning to the moment when they feel overwhelmed instead of lashing out or retreating into depression and/or anxiety. This book specifically addresses challenges in parenting, intimate relationships, and the work environment.

23x16cm  188 pages  $32.00  

Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster

DBT Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions
Instant Help Series

Sheri Van Dijk

As a teen, you're experiencing intense changes in your life-both physically and mentally. To top it off, you're probably unsure of how to handle your emotions in a positive, constructive way. Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster offers evidence-based techniques to help you regulate your emotions and find balance in all areas of life- whether it's at home, at school, or with friends and peers. By learning to be more aware of your emotions, you'll be able to let difficult feelings pass without reacting to them in destructive ways.
You will also learn the four basic DBT skills to help you manage your emotions: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. You'll discover how to apply these skills to help deal with a number of negative emotions, such as low self-esteem, anger, anxiety, depression, and more. By changing the way you react to your emotions and to others, you'll be able to build better relationships and feel more confident as a result.

20x15cm  224 pages  $33.95  

Walking in Other Shoes

Empathy and deep understanding for middle and senior primary students

Bob Bellhouse and others

In four sections this book is an excellent exploration of empathy. Section one includes a short survey to provide an indication of the readiness of the class to engage in exploring their emotions. Circle time activities are suggested to foster this. Section two encourages children to explore similarities between themselves and others, particularly their class mates. In section three children examine their own values and how these influence their responses to events, considering these from the perspective of others, and discussing how values and responses differ among people. Finally, in section four children are encouraged to think about local heroes, and he ways in which they can be heroes themselves.

30x21cm  55 pages  $33.00  

Way of Boys

Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys

Anthony Rao

Boys will be boys . . . It's time we stopped trying to "fix" them.
Boys today are being bombarded with a slew of diagnoses--ADHD, Asperger's, bipolar disorder--at an alarming rate and at younger ages. "The Way of Boys" urges parents, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other developmental experts to reevaluate and significantly change how we deal with our youngest boys. When parents understand the wide spectrum for "normal boy development," they can successfully communicate with their son--and everyone in their son's life--and help him grow into a healthy and smart young man.
Dr Rao challenges some of the potentially harmful assumptions, attitudes, and behaviors we've developed toward young boyhood over the last few decades. "The Way of Boys" is a celebration of natural, constructive boyhood development and an expert, definitive handbook on what to look for and expect in normal growth.

20x16cm  291 pages  $27.95  

Yellow Book of Games and Energizers

Jayaraja and Erwin Tielemans

The book is a collection of tried and tested games for use in workshops, youth groups and the classroom, covering everything from icebreakers and group forming ideas, to brain-bending word games like "Napoleon Has Lost His Pipe" and hilarious high energy games like "Group Juggle". With clear instructions, delightful illustrations and discussion ideas for every game, this book makes it easy to encourage everyone from age 6 to 86 to think for themselves, use their imagination, and interact positively with those around them.