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Storytelling Series

Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour

Paperback
May 2008
9781903458785
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    7th May 2008
  • ISBN 9781903458785
  • Language English
  • Pages 320 pp.
$30.00

Susan Perrow is a “story doctor.” She writes, collects, and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for both the storyteller and listener—a positive, imaginative way of healing difficult situations.

Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour gathers the fruits of Susan Perrow’s work in story-making. It is richly illustrated with lively anecdotes from parents and teachers who have discovered how the power of story can help resolve a variety of common childhood behaviors and situations, including separation anxiety, bullying, sibling rivalry, nightmares, and grieving.

This comprehensive resource offers:

† An overview of therapeutic storytelling
† Checklists for readers to evaluate the challenging behavior or situation and identify their desired resolution
† Guidelines for adapting stories for different age groups and cultures
† An extensive collection of new stories and traditional folk tales categorized by behavior or situation
† A story-making model to help the reader create stories directly relevant to their own circumstances.

"Susan Perrow's inspirational adventures with storytelling have grown into this inspirational book. May its pages encourage you to speak healing words that help both children and adults to flourish." —Nancy Mellon, author of Storytelling with Children 

"Susan Perrow gives us the tools to use and create stories that respond to the way children imagine their world. Practice what she teaches; it will enrich your life." —Michael Moran, storyteller and psychiatric nurse

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Nancy Mellon
Introduction: The Healing Light of Stories

SECTION ONE: MY STORY JOURNEY

1. From Dried Prunes to Juicy Plums: Why Use Stories?
2. Weaving Stories into the Family Fabric
3. Weaving Stories into the Teaching Fabric

SECTION TWO: WRITING THERAPEUTIC STORIES

4. “Story” and “Behavior”
5. A Construction Model for Story Writing
6. Different Stories for Different Ages
7. Truth and Morality
8. Story-Making Exercises

SECTION THREE: STORIES FOR CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

9. Bored or Whingeing
10. Dishonest or Sneaky
11. Disrespectful or Uncaring
12. Greedy or Unable to Share
13. Irritating or Impatient
14. Lazy
15. Noisy or Disruptive
16. Pinching, Hurting, or Fighting
17. Shy or Introverted
18. Teasing or Bullying
19. Uncooperative
20. Wild or Restless

SECTION FOUR: STORIES FOR CHALLENGING SITUATIONS

21. Change or Transition
22. Tidy-up Time
23. Fear or Nightmares
24. Illness, Grieving, or Death
25. New Baby in the Home
26. Separation Anxiety

SECTION FIVE: THE ART OF STORYTELLING

27. Storytelling and Story Reading
28. Multi-cultural Thoughts
29. Storytelling for Different Audiences and Occasions
30. Props and Presentation Ideas
31. Guidelines for Assessing Storytelling
32. Conclusion: A Story a Day

Appendix 1 – Recommended Books and Websites
Appendix 2 – Completed Story Charts

Susan Perrow

Susan Perrow leads therapeutic storytelling seminars around the world, including her home land of Australia. She is a storyteller, teacher trainer, parent educator and counsellor. Ms. Parrow is the author of several books on therapeutic storytelling.