This collection of twenty five stories has been written specifically to help children learn and master everyday skills and activities ... toilet training, tidy up time, hair-washing, dressing, bath time, teeth cleaning, mealtimes and fussy eating. Using Susan’s well-known therapeutic story approach, it offers families, therapists and child care centres ‘a spoonful of story medicine’ as a creative strategy for life’s daily challenges.
These stories are not ‘instructional stories’ in the sense of giving step by step details on how to do things (e.g. how to use the potty). Instead, by touching the child’s imagination, they aim to motivate the child to want to ‘give it a go’. There are no guarantees here, but if an imaginative story approach can help a little (sometimes even a lot!) then what a wonderful gift this can be for both the child and the family. Each story is accompanied by anecdotes and/or suggestions for use. Some stories are very simple, written in full rhyme, and obviously for use with 2-4 year olds. Some stories are longer, more serious and intended for 5 year olds and up. Some are influenced by cultural wisdom, some are humorous and light hearted. The writer speaks from experience. Her own story writing career began years ago with a story called Bubble Bear that helped her three year old son accept and enjoy having his hair washed. Many years later, she found herself writing a story to help give one of her grandsons the confidence to use the potty. It was the recent success of this story (about a Little Red Car that needed an oil change) that inspired this Spoonful #4 collection.
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