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Coaching Parents in Storytelling Brattleboro VT

There are parents, siblings, teachers, and friends. There are also characters who are dealing with the same situations they are. In this way, stories help children know they are not alone in their problems. They also let them see someone else handle the issue. Once exposed to how a storybook character masters a difficult situation, children are often inspired to tackle their own problems.

Deborah Lowery, M.A.
(802) 254-1253
Putney Road,Ingenuity Professional Offices
Brattleboro, VT
Specialties
ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Life Coaching,OCD,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Thinking Disorders
Education
1991 Antioch: M.A. in Counseling PsychologySeven years post grad training and supervision in Object Relations theory and practice.Certificate in Ericksonian Hypno-theoryCertificate in Level 1 Psychoneuroimmunology (like, cognitive theory)at PNI
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Center for Personal Growth

Paula-Ayn Phillips
(603) 357-1180
Keene, NH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Stephen M Price
(603) 760-7317
Keene Psychotherapy117 Washington St
Keene, NH
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Spirituality
Qualification
School: Andover Newton Theological School
Year of Graduation: 1974
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Tricia Wells
(413) 889-1923
50 Chapman Street
Greenfield, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Divorce
Qualification
School: Smith College School for Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$50 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Robert Pelosi
(802) 464-0543
Wilmington, VT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, School, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Italian

Robert Pelosi
(802) 464-0543
Wilmington, VT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, School, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Italian

Diane Kurinsky
(603) 357-3122
Keene, NH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ginnie Gilson
(413) 315-4657
28 High Street
Greenfield, MA
Specialties
Mood Disorders, Divorce, Loss or Grief, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Univ. of CT
Year of Graduation: 1981
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Adriana Elliot Mediation Services
(603) 358-3322
PO Box 340
Keene, NH
Specialties
Divorce mediation
Gender
Female
Education
BA, NH Certified Family Mediator
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
NHCRA, ACR

Alice R. Morrison, MA
(802) 988-4690, (802) 505-1732
Bear Foot Farm, Bear Mountain Road
North Troy, VT
 

Coaching Parents in Storytelling

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Parent & Child

Coaching Parents in Storytelling
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 23, 2006, 21:49
   

Stories take us to magical places. They take us outside the realm of our reality and immerse us in a world of possibilities. These possibilities make storytelling an excellent tool for helping children meet the challenges of everyday living. Many children find it hard to discuss their problems. They may feel embarrassed, guilty or shy. Stories offer them a safe place to explore and identify their emotions. When children hear or read stories they become part of another world. It is a world similar to the one in which they live. There are parents, siblings, teachers, and friends. There are also characters who are dealing with the same situations they are. In this way, stories help children know they are not alone in their problems. They also let them see someone else handle the issue. Once exposed to how a storybook character masters a difficult situation, children are often inspired to tackle their own problems.

Storytelling Tips

What's the problem? Before choosing a story to read or tell parents first need to pinpoint the problem. This can be difficult if your child is hesitant to share. Think back to the recent past. Has anything changed? Did you move? Did your child change schools or classrooms? Have you noticed that your child is not talking about or playing with the same children as before? Is your child having a hard time grasping a particular subject? Has your toddler developed a fear of the dark? Any change in routine, fear or new challenge may cause problems for your child.

Look for the book. Once parents identify the problem, they need to find a book that addresses it. Look for stories that are age appropriate and will appeal to your child. Your local librarian can help with this. Another resource is Books to Grow With - A Guide to Using the Best Children s Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges. This reference book, written by Cheryl Coon, offers parents reading suggestions on over one hundred topics. From toilet training to starting school to death, there is a book written about it.

Accentuate the positive. Make sure that the story you choose has a positive message and positive values. The story is your tool. It is what will help you give your child the confidence to succeed. By seeing a character overcome a tough situation, the child gets the message it is possible. That he can do it too.

Choose a good time and place. Choosing when and where you share stories with your child can be as important as the story itself. Children will not benefit fully from the message if they are not focused. Pick a comfortable place with no noise or distractions. Choose a time when your child is more centered and less restless. If you have a young child, hold him close or on your lap so that there will be a connection. Also, if you are reading to more th...

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