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Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem: A Photocopiable Activities Book Paperback – 30 Mar 2001

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Praise for the second edition: 'The layout of the book is well planned. I particularly like: 1. the list of recommended children's books (appendix) 2. the photcopiable activity sheets 3. the guidance on constructive use of the resources when working with children and parents My favourite chapter was Chapter 2 - "Understanding Self Esteem'"which provided in depth and useful information. I will definitely be making good use of the information and ideas that I read about in this book...I think the book is an excellent resource that teaches ways of helping every child to build self esteem. I recommend it wholeheartedly to parents, childminders and professional childcare providers.' -- National Childminding Association This photocopiable book is packed with ideas for activities to boost self-esteem and confidence. Although it is primarily aimed at children aged seven to 11 years old, the ideas are designed to be flexible and easily adapted for children of different ages as well as those with disabilities. The author has tested the activities and some have examples of reactions children had to illustrate their effect. -- Children Now This updated and expanded volume offers activities for use by therapists, teachers, social workers, nurses, and other professionals to encourage self esteem in children aged 7-11. -- Book News.com Praise for the first edition: 'The book is practical and positive. [It] is thoughtfully produced and is evidently grounded in practical experience. It will be useful for professionals working to develop children's self-esteem and confidence.' -- Bulletin a rich resource in its own right, or to "pick and mix", incorporating activities into other ways of working, according to the needs of the children and one's own personal and professional preferences. -- YoungMinds This practical guide has a fund of ideas describing how teachers can harness powerful young imaginations and help build self-esteem. -- The Teacher This workbook is designed to assist children in moving from head information on self-esteem to heart experiences that [can] impact deeply on their sense of themselves. Deborah Plummer uses imagination and empowerment to move children and adults from discouragement to success. She shows again what people such as Ignatius Loyola and Virginia Satir knew - imagination can be a powerful tool for change. -- The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review This publication should find its way into resource libraries in schools and speech and language therapy departments as well as being generally available to parents and carers. -- Afasic News It contains clear instructions for people working with children to put together a group programme, and whilst Plummer emphasises helping children with speech and language difficulties, it would be easy to adapt the activities to other children. -- 0-19 Magazine The book will be of genuine interest and use for Special Educational Needs coordinators and class teachers alike. -- Education 3-13 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Helping Children to Build Self Esteem is an activities programme designed to help children to use their imagination to raise their self esteem, problem solve more effectively and to make friends. Plummer feels that good self- esteem is essential for children to learn, and should be a central goal for schools… It contains clear instructions for people working with children to put together a group programme, and whilst Plummer emphasises helping children with speech and language difficulties, it would be easy to adapt the activities to other children. The activities would work best in a circle time environment'. (0-19 Magazine)

This activity-based workbook is designed to assist children in moving from head information on self-esteem to heart experiences that have the potential to impact deeply on their sense of themselves. A speech Language therapist by training, Deborah Plummer uses imagination and empowerment to move children and adults from discouragement to success. (The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review)

This publication is a useful and easily accessible handbook for those who recognise the importance of developing self-esteem in children. It offers a positive approach to a difficult problem – that of building a positive self-image- after years if 'negative image patterning'. The author writes from her experience as a speech and language therapist, a member of the Imagework Association and as a counsellor. She has combined the knowledge and practical expertise from these three specialist fields to produce an extremely useful resource.'

'Deborah Plummer shows a fundamental respect for a child's integrity whilst making sure her language and ideas accessible to a wide range of people. This publication should find its way into resource libraries in schools and speech and language therapy departments as well as being generally available to parents and carers' -

Afasic News

'The book if practical and positive. It draws on principle from Kelly's personal construct theory, and several activities echo brief solution-focused therapy. The activities involve small steps to facilitate change: they focus on achievement, while acknowledging that failure is a part of the learning process, and they emphasise experimentation. This book is thoughtfully produced and is evidently grounded in practical experience. It will be useful for professionals working to develop children's self –esteem and confident.

(Bulletin)

The activities are nicely sequenced and progress in small, logical steps.'

'…the activities provide popular and provoked interesting thoughts and ideas.

(Speech and Language Therapy in Practice)

This practical guide has a fund of ideas describing how teachers can harness powerful young imaginations and help build self esteem.

The step by step plan approach explains the theory behind the lesson sequences. Readers requiring in depth understanding are referred to in other texts.

Detailed lessons and photocopiable worksheets are provided. Each lesson aims to exercise the pupils' imagination progressively, developing greater self knowledge and creative empathy.

(The Teacher)

The author of this user-friendly book is a speech and language therapist who has extensive clinical experience in working with groups of children and adults…Deborah Plummer's book is a welcome addition to other approaches to group work for social skills and self-esteem, such as circle time. It is a rich resource in its own right, or to “pick and mix”, incorporating activities into other ways of working, according to the needs of the children and one's own personal and professional preferences. (YoungMinds)

This book provides a range of approaches and ideas to aid the process of supporting the maintenance and development of self-esteem in children. Deborah Plummer draws her inspiration from the “imagework” of Dina Glouberman of the Skyros Institute in Greece. The book focuses on the areas of self-knowledge, the self and others, self-acceptance, self-reliance, self-expression, self-confidence, self-awareness, and provides a progression of suggested activities with supporting A4 photocopiable activity sheets that are well-crafted to help those who work with young children to help them develop. The book will be of genuine interest and use for special Educational Needs coordinators and class teachers alike. (Education 3-13)

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'Helping Children To Build Self Esteem' is a great resource to use as a complete programme or to 'dip into' in order to focus on specific areas. The fun way in which the resource is presented and the way in which the children are encouraged to use their imagination has inspired children who have been otherwise reluctant to participate and engage effectively in group activities. As a Teaching Assistant I have found this book to be a very valuable, user-friendly and adaptable resource which I have ejoyed using and would not hesitate to recommend.
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I was disappointed in this book. It's a programme of activities that's very classroom-orientated. Great if that's what you're looking for but I wanted to be inspired with new activities for my therapeutic practice and it didn't happen. In my experience, the disaffected kids I work with dislike worksheets intensely because they are made to do (and fail at) so many of them in class. Some sheets could be adapted into a more physical sense but I won't be bothering!
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As a mom, I wanted to help my son. I do not have an educational background and so wanted soemthing easy to follow and which would not overface me and my son. It can be easily geared to suit you - pick and mix and choose what activities you want to do. We have not completed the book but are having fun together and I'm learning things about him which is helping our relationship.
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This book Helping Children to Build self-Esteem is a really valuable resource. It provides the means, in a natural, fun and stimulating way, to support children to grow and develop healthily. Simultaneouly, the children are being trained to make use of the imagination, which is the most powerful untapped resource, and as a result, will be available to them for their whole lifetime. Great for anyone involved in education or child care work.
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When I recieved this book I took a quick glance and there is lots of ideas for you to help the children to build their self esteem up. Now I have had time to take a detailed look the book is really well layed out and it gives you the theoretical background which is intersting and it gives you a wider understanding. Then it breaks down to giving you instructions for self esteem activities and finally worksheets which you can photo copy.The activities are great and you can adjust them to the age of your children.
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I am using this in my work as a family support worker for a small charity. It is very useful and helps with new ideas. I am using the parent section to support parents in continuing the self esteem work being carried on in groups with their children. It has helped to highlight for the parents where their own low self esteem impacts on their children.
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Fabulous resource whether working with groups or individuals. Pages can easily be adapted and you can pick and choose from any section.

Easy to use and extremely practical, lots of tips and ideas to support young people.
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Lots of fresh ideas, Good worksheets, good advice. Easy to follow. I have recommended this book to others working in primary education.
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