Young people have to cope with stress yet often are given little or no practical help, nor are they taught coping strategies. Using the popular technique of Circle Time, this book provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualisation. These strategies are already established in other walks of life, such as sport, and will build on emotional literacy work as part of the PSHE curriculum. The exercises are also accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and worksheets. This book will be useful for all adults who want to provide young people aged 8 upwards with the tools to assist emotional development.

Receptive Hands

Receptive hands

This involves opening up to learning challenges.

Ask the questions:

  • What does an open attitude towards learning mean?
  • What happens when we have a closed mind?

I have employed this technique when children are negative about particular subjects. I employ it when I hear the cry ‘I hate.’ When this question of the hate is explored it often emerges that what the child is responding to is their lack of confidence rather than the subject. So I would ask them to do the following exercise but not from a point of view of forcing them to like what they say they hate – such a position will only make their feeling more entrenched and resistant – but from a spirit of open exploration out ...

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