Activities such as Family Web , Pick up a Privilege , The Anger Debugging Kit and I Can Do It (Now) can be used by therapists or caregivers as part of, or to supplement, many different therapeutic approaches. Although most are appropriate for use where children are in long–term care, or when the plan is that they should not return to their birth family, some will help build resilience in children who will undergo multiple moves. All are suitable for both boys and girls.
Although it stands as a text on its own, the book builds on the information and activities already published in two previous books by Angela Hobday and Kate Ollier, Creative Therapy: Activities with Children and Adolescents and Creative Therapy 2: Working with Parents.
How to Use This Book.
Length of Activity.
Format of Sessions.
Level of Prompting.
General Tips for Working with Children.
Areas Covered by the Book.
A Word of Warning.
1. Setting the Scene:.
Problems with Attachment.
Problems from Abusive Experiences.
Separation, Loss and Rejection.
Recreating Old Patterns.
2. Getting to Know You:.
Meet the Star Age: 4 13 Years.
Variation: Our Star Feature Age: 12 Years and Upwards.
Today's Star Guest Age: 8 14 Years.
Connecting Questions Age: 6 12 Years.
Variation: Feelings Focus.
Telling Trivia Age: 9 14 Years.
Variation: Tell the Group Trivia.
3. Creating a New Family:.
Order! Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
Variation: REDRO! Age: 10 Years and Upwards Family Web Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
Our Family Rules Age: 5 Years and Upwards.
Variation: Sticking to Rules Age: 8 Years and Upwards.
We are a Team Age: 8 Years and Upwards.
The Three R's Age: 9 Years and Upwards.
Pick up a Privilege Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
4. Understanding Relationships:.
Near and Far Age: 8 14 Years.
Friend or Foe Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
The Safety Net Age: 7 14 Years.
The People Puzzle Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
What Happens Next? Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
The Good Friend Game Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
Variation: Making Good Friends.
5. Promoting Positive Identity:.
Just Me Age: 5 Years and Upwards.
The Loveable Me Age 8 14 Years.
Handfuls of Happiness Age: 6 14 Years.
Snappy Choices Age: 7 13 Years.
Variation: Family Choices Age 7 Years and Upwards.
6. Understanding Feelings:.
Feelings Spinning Wheel Age: 5 Years and Upwards.
Variation: Family Feelings.
Strings of Feelings Age: 9 Years and Upwards.
Feelings Basket Age: 5 10 Years.
Variation: Feelings Wallet.
Flying Fears Age: 6 12 Years.
After You Age: 7 13 Years.
Grumbling Gertie and Merry Maud Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
Variations: Speedy Merry Mike.
Scared Sally and Brave Belinda.
Catching my Anger Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
The Anger De–bugging Kit Age: 7 13 Years.
7. Coping with Contact:.
Torn to Shreds Age: 7 14 Years.
Sharing and Caring Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
Love Grows Age: 8 12 Years.
Variation: Overflowing Love.
Managing Many Age: 11 Years and Upwards.
No Need for Stealthy Secrets Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
8. Solving Problems:.
The Winning Team Age: 7 13 Years.
Within Reach Age: 6 13 Years.
Target Practice Age: 6 13 Years.
Variations: Flying Targets.
Juggling Genius Age: 8 Years and Upwards.
Test and Try Age: 10 Years and Upwards.
Can Do It (Now) Age: 6 12 Years.
Variation: I Am Here Now.
9. From Past to Future:.
Past Patchwork Age: 6 14 Years.
Variation: Sticky Patches.
My Story Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
Variation: A Cartoon about Life Age: 11 Years and Upwards.
The Flowing River Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
Variation: Flowing on.
Crazy Dreams and Winning Wishes Age: 6 Years and Upwards.
I′ll Get There Someday Age: 7 Years and Upwards.
Appendix 1: Box Template.
Appendix 2: Paper Plane Instructions.
Appendix 3: Age and Child Development.
Index to Activities.
Angela Kirby obtained her doctorate at the University of Leicester in 1997. She is also a qualified primary school teacher and has worked as a clinical psychologist with children with learning disabilities and in a child and adolescent mental health service. She presently works with children and adolescents in a paediatric setting in King′s Lynn with Angela Hobday.
Kate Ollier, BSc, MPsych, has also worked as a Psychologist in King′s Lynn, UK, as well as with the Disability Services Commission and the Mildred Creak Centre for Autistic Children, Australia. She has recently taken up a post in the State Child Development Centre, Perth, WA.