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A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger: A Resource Book for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers Paperback – 7 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (7 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865713499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865713499
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Volcano in My Tummy is about helping 6 to 15 year olds handle their anger so that they can live successfully, healthily, happily and nonviolently, with motivation, without fear and with good relationships. An accessible resource book for teachers, parents and all who care for children, it is full of stories, and easy-to-use games and exercises designed to encourage children to see their anger and to deal constructively with it. A Volcano in My Tummy includes sections on key concepts, building a child's self esteem, what adults can do when a child is angry, developing an anger management program, troubleshooting, and a special section for teachers that integrates the resource with other curriculum areas. Exercises are clearly described, indicating appropriate age levels, teaching strategies, materials and procedures to follow, with worksheets for the childrens' use. All are easily adaptable for use by teachers, parents or other caregivers.

About the Author

Elaine Whitehouse is a teacher, family court and private psychotherapist, mother of two and leader of parenting skills workshops for eight years. Warwick Pudney is a teacher and counsellor with ten years experience facilitating anger management, abuser therapy and men's change groups, as well as being a father of three. Both regularly conduct workshops.


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By A Customer on 12 May 2004
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have used this book recently with a 12 year old undergoing anger management who was regularly losing his temper, on average every 2-3 days.
In 2 sessions, which have included selected exercises from this book, he has gone from swearing, hitting, throwing furniture etc to realising when to leave potentially volatile situations! In the last 3 weeks there have been only 2 'anger' episodes - and both times he walked away!
This, I feel, is a real testament to this book's worth!
The exercises are simple and easily photocopiable and/or adaptable for each individual. Some exercises are intended for group work but most are readily adaptable for individual coaching if, like myself, this is how you choose to work.
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I have used this book as a teacher doing PSD in class. It has been brilliant helping children face up to and deal with anger. I am now about to purchase it to use with my own son who experiences a lot a fustration due to having aspergers.
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By Free Spirit VINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2007
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This is a great book, nice print and easy to read. I was desperate to help my son who gets angry and frustrated quite alot. He is autistic and has speech and language problems and it was distressing to see him so angry. This book has helped alot.
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By A Customer on 1 July 1999
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This is a good book to use with children to help them learn about anger management. I use it to run groups with children. Highly recommend
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To give a bit of context I'm a Clinical Psychologist. I have 2 small children aged 7 and 5. Neither of them has anger "problems" but, like all humans, they get angry from time to time. I don't make a major issue out of feelings but I like to help my children understand what they're experiencing - it validates them and gives them more chance to express their feelings in helpful rather than destructive ways. There are several emotional books I have at home that are colourful and build narratives around sets of feelings that little children can identify with (It's Not Fair (Your Feelings)I Feel Sad (Your Emotions)). As this book specifically states it is a resource for parents I thought I'd be getting something along those lines again.

Goodness me I can't imagine why they would advertise this as a resource for parents. If you have a seriously angry child I cannot see how they are going to tolerate sitting down with you and reading the dull, patronising vignettes and do school-type "exercises" with you. I can barely imagine professional therapists wading through this.

Another gripe is that this seems to be written for children at the end of junior school or early on in high school. The title of "a volcano in my tummy", along with the basic drawing to me hinted at a younger age group which is why I bought it.

Overall I felt that this was misadvertised and I am heartily disappointed with it - I will not be using it with my children.
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My son has Aspergers. This book was too complicated and did not really help at all. My son did not want to work through any of the exercises and it was just too complicated. We did buy The Red Beast - now that was brilliant!
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I didn't read any of it to my stroppy, slightly thuggish youngster, even though he loved volcanoes at the time, nor did I give him any of the exercises to do, but I read it, I took it all in and naturally filtered it's teachings through to him in my own way and sure enough (years later) he is now a gentle, calm and balanced teenager, he never gets angry or physical, as his intelligence and humour get him through everything, I guess that is proof of something!!! Amazing to think back to how much I used to worry!
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This book is an excellent aid for Counsellors,Teachers and others involved with managing anger in children.

There are interactive stories, worksheets, e.g. Bottling up anger - which has an illustration of a bottle with items inside to colour and write who or what children may be angry about. There are also wordsearches for older children. A whole variety of interesting, interactive ways to engage and help children to understand and work on their anger.

I have used this book extensively since purchasing it, with individuals as a School Counsellor, and also with small groups of children.

It has been extremely useful in generating discussion amongst children and is a simple and effective way to engage them in addressing their anger issues.
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