A practical guide to help young people improve their behaviour. Designed to help all those who work and/or live with young people who have difficulties with their behaviours and relationships with others, this book is a practical guide to help young people become more aware of their behaviour and its effect on other people. Focusing on mediation (including communication, the unblocking of channels, the breaking down of barriers, the righting of wrongs, making amends, and restorative justice), the book includes: Dialogues used by a neutral person to highlight difficulties and possible changes in behaviour. Cartoons and other visual techniques that can be used to present alternative ways to discuss problems. Examples of social stories covering personal stuff, daily routines, home life, social skills, homework, work and playtime, PE and games, as well as a guide to writing your own social stories. Powerpoint presentation for staff, parents and carers.
John Ling was formerly a children's librarian, and then a teacher of the deaf. Until July 2010 he was a teacher in the Autism Outreach Service in Kirklees. He was also involved in services for post 16s, and has recently set up a social group for young adults with autism.
He is a Quaker and a trained Mediator, and a large part of his work involved counselling young people with autism, and other conditions, as well as their peers, teachers and parents. Mediation in schools between peers, and sometimes between teachers and difficult children, also became part of his work. He now works as a volunteer with Mediation Yorkshire, and the Alternatives to Violence project.
In 2006 he published a book of social stories called "I can't do that!" (Lucky Duck) In 2010 another book "Social stories for kids in conflict" (Speechmark) and a book of poems called "Alice the healer" (Authorhouse)
He now divides his time between mediation and conflict resolution, mainly with adults, writing poetry and growing fruit and vegetables.