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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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are OK, little bit random. Good to aid discussions on how to manage anger and emotions in different scenarios but that's about it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by hen
Held children deal with anger and ideal for learning mentor and child supportPublished 2 months ago by Alan Hodgetts
My daughter found this book really helpful to refer to when she felt angry/upset. A great resource. Definitely worth the purchase.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent resource book for use across a wide range of situations from parents to school settings.Published 5 months ago by Linda Jill Flower
A book for parents and adults to help children cope with temper and anger. More for teachers working with groups but useful ideas that can be adapted easily.Published 5 months ago by Andrea J Morton
Great resource when working with children that cannot control angry outburst. Very informativePublished 6 months ago by Chazza
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