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Bibliotherapy: Acceptance using Children's books

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Florida Gulf Coast University
EEX 4201
Elizabeth McKinzie
Spring, 2013 A Guide to Acceptance Using
Children's Books Bibliotherapy: Final Thoughts? - The use of selected reading material to help solve personal problems as well as guide individuals in dealing with difficult or confusing situations. Autism: "How Full is Your Bucket?" by Tom Rath and
Mary Reckmeyer Emotional/
Behavioral Disorders "Don't Call Me Special"
by Pat Thomas Accepting Disabilities Remember, Bibliotherapy is not just reading a
book. It is about giving children a new
perspective and understanding. Allowing them
to be comfortable expressing how they feel when
they realize they aren't alone. Why should it be used
with children? Because most children have not developed a way to express or identify their own emotions and thoughts. They don't know how to react to new ideas or situations. - Children's books give them a character to identify with, an experience to relate to and the appropriate behavior or feelings to express. bibliotherapy and disabilities Typically developing children can also benefit from reading
books about the challenges and experiences that come from
having certain disabilities. They will gain an understanding as well as the
ability to relate to both children and adults with disabilities in an
accepting way. Through the use of books about certain disabilities, a child can relate to the characters in the stories and realize that they aren't the only one with their challenges, building their confidence and self-esteem. It is important for teachers, as well as parents
to know how to use bibliotherapy to promote
confidence and understanding in their children. Selecting the right book is a good place to start. First:
Determine what
disability or challenge
needs to be addressed. Then:
Read the book to confirm that
the information and context
relates to the chosen topic. Here are some suggestions of topics
and books that could be used.... "My Brother Charlie" by Holly Robinson Peete
and Ryan Elizabeth Peete Why would this be a good choice? This story is about a little girl named Callie who is
describing her twin brother, Charlie. She explains that
although they share a lot of things, there are also many
ways that they are very different. It is written in a way that highlights the unique features that are associated with Autism while still adding
the personal relationship that children can relate to. "Charlie has autism.... As the story progresses Callie starts to realize
that Charlie expresses himself in his own way.
She learns that even though he can't say how
he feels, he can show it in many ways. ...but autism doesn't have Charlie." The main lesson learned:
Children with autism have a hard time
relating to other people, and like Charlie they
don't normally express feelings the way
most people do and will sometimes get quiet. Felix learns that everybody has there own
invisible bucket and as the day goes on the more
we have in our bucket the better we feel. He also discovered that when you help fill someone else's bucket, yours gets filled too Why would this one work? Children with emotional/behavioral
disorders don't have a concept of
cause and effect. They don't understand
that things they do or say can effect others. With the concept of a bucket,
children can have a visual representation of how their actions effect others. * Classroom/ at home activity: filling/ emptying a bucket based on behavior. If they helped or upset some one, expressed their emotions in a good way or bad way, they would either fill or
empty their bucket... Full buckets can
receive rewards or
other incentives. This book covers most questions
that children may or may not have about different
disabilities. It has descriptions as well as
teacher/ parent question prompts. There isn't one specific disability covered, just
general categories. Explained at a very low level,
geared toward young children to learn about what
disabilities are and that even though they may
learn or do things differently doesn't make them
"special". How is this helpful? This book is a helpful tool to give children a general knowledge of what disabilities are. It gives them the opportunities to ask
questions, state concerns, etc. It is also a good starting point in
getting to know some of the
specific disabilities. Whats Next? Now that you have
found a book, pre-read
your book, and gathered
your audience of wide-eyed
children.... Have fun and READ!
Whichever book you've
chosen, make it exciting.
Ask the children questions,
find ways to bring them into
the story... Final Step:
Plan activities to finalize their understanding.
Decorate their buckets to fill, play sensory games
using only one sense at a time, make "how am I feeling
today?" charts...
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