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Life Story Work: A Practical Guide to Helping Children Understand Their Past [Paperback]

Tony Ryan , Rodger Walker
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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF); 3rd Revised edition edition (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905664028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905664023
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children separated from their birth families are often denied the opportunity to know about their past and to clarify past events in terms of the present. Losing track of the past can make it difficult for children to develop emotionally and socially. Life story work is an attempt to give back this past to children separated from their birth families. It can help children to begin to accept their past and move forwards positively into the future, and give them a structured and understandable way of talking about themselves. It also enables adults working with children to listen to them and respect their views and wishes. "Life Story Work" is an authoritative guide that will help anyone who wants to use life story work as a way of helping children. In this comprehensively revised and attractively illustrated edition, Tony Ryan and Rodger Walker, both experienced practitioners, have updated the previous edition in light of all recent legislation, incorporated substantial new material from other contributors, and presented a creative assortment of useful techniques and exercises for adults working with children in different settings.

In addition to the tried and tested techniques that have made this book the bestselling guide that it is, the new edition takes into account the use of computer-aided technology in life story work. It explains how new interactive media can be particularly helpful for many children, and describes some new interactive resources that have done this successfully. "Life Story Work" is an invaluable aid for anyone working directly with children, social workers, adoptive parents and foster carers, residential staff, teachers and nursery nurses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the others 17 Feb 2010
I have spent a fortune buying life story books. I wish I had found this one first cos its superb. However, I wouldn't bother buying the CD Rom that goes with it unless you can find a young person who has had no contact with the Internet or advanced graphics as it is very basic and the 9 yr old I used it with said it was 'silly' and 'boring'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars social work 20 Aug 2013
Its not what I thought it would be. As I was expecting pages of activities and easy to follow exercises which could be photocopied. However this is more about talking about the activities and how to go about them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 26 July 2010
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This is an excellent book for anyone who looks after children and wants to leave them a legacy for the future.
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