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.
I first became interested in teaching children visualisation techniques on a systematic basis when, after teaching what I had then termed a visualisation/meditation workshop (at an off-school residential site for children) a grandparent approached me and said, ‘Thank you for teaching my grandchild meditation and visualisation. She has become a different person now. All she wants to do is go up to her room and do her meditation.’ I received similar enthusiasm from children who persistently asked me when I was going to run another workshop. At that point I decided to run a series of lunchtime sessions which became very popular and well-attended.
I was further inspired when I had successes with children who exhibited challenging behaviour; children who, ordinarily, found it hard to ...