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Emotional Problem Solving: Using Stories, Drama & Play

$72.68  Softcover
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Joan Moore

  • Emotional Problem Solving

180 pages
Interest Age: 5 to 12
ISBN: 9781906531553

Many children suffer from anxiety owing to family or school-based worries. More serious problems such as trauma or neglect lead to attachment issues or separation anxiety. Creative storytelling helps address many problems, as symbolism allows emotional connection and increases empathy. Children identify with the feelings of characters as stories develop and feel empowered to find their own solutions.

Through play, children learn to manage relationships and regulate emotions. As issues are resolved though play and drama, they learn problem-solving skills which can be transferred to other contexts. Includes clear guidelines for creating stories and dramatic play for individuals and groups, as well as case studies and theory.

Themes include:


  • Rejection
  • Self-control
  • Concentration
  • Parental illness
  • Domestic disputes.


  • Step-families
  • Bullying
  • Friendships
  • Siblings
  • Co-operation

Additional resources include handouts for measuring progress, ideas for safety and nurturing children within school as well as story templates and worksheets. Invaluable for all teachers, counsellors and carers helping children with relationships and learning.