Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities

Everyone has different needs when it comes to coping with life’s stressors, and children are no different. Some 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 of this title 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. “Creative Coping Skills for Children” 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.

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June 24th, 2011 Coping Skills List 3 Comments
   

3 Comments to “Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities”

  1. Angela J. Bouchard says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    jam packed with ideas even I wanted to try!, June 25, 2009
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    Angela J. Bouchard (Bar Harbor, Maine) –
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    This review is from: Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities (Paperback)

    This book hits the perfect balance between activities parents can use for their own kids with activities professional counselors and therapists can use with their child clients. One section reminded me The Womans Comfort Book, only for children. “A Pirate’s Survival Guide” really impressed me with its ability to provide children living with addiction, poverty and chaos a mental framework in which to better deal with those challenges. My favorite section was the pages and pages of boxed ideas for unstructured time that could be photocopied, cut apart and rolled up/folded to be chosen at random by a child needing something to do. The ideas were so appealing, I felt like getting up and doing them myself as they were exactly the kind of fun I would have loved when I was little, though I wouldn’t have thought myself of doing them. There are plenty of ideas to help children w/ anxiety, grief, coping skills, goal setting, and transition times. In short, any parent or chld therapist will find this book to be a resource they can turn to often.

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  2. Children's Counselor says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Resource, August 4, 2010
    This review is from: Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities (Paperback)

    This book is a great resource for anyone working with Children in a counseling setting. The activities are easy to use and cover a wide range of topics. The kids I work with have really enjoyed participating in the activities and taking home what we work on each session.

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  3. Midwest Book Review says:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Packed with practical ideas that have proven successful, October 18, 2009
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    This review is from: Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities (Paperback)

    CREATIVE COPING SKILLS FOR CHILDREN: EMOTIONAL SUPPORT THROUGH ARTS AND CRAFTS ACTIVITIES is a pick for any parent, educator, or health professional and for libraries catering to them. It offers a collection of fun, flexible and tested activities to help a child find the coping skills that fit their style. From making wish fairies and dream catchers to time management and instant soothing routines such as blowing bubbles, CREATIVE COPING SKILLS is packed with practical ideas that have proven successful.

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