Susan Perrow is a “story doctor.” She writes, collects, and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for both the storyteller and listener—a positive, imaginative way of healing difficult situations.
Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour gathers the fruits of Susan Perrow’s work in story-making. It is richly illustrated with lively anecdotes from parents and teachers who have discovered how the power of story can help resolve a variety of common childhood behaviors and situations, including separation anxiety, bullying, sibling rivalry, nightmares, and grieving.
This comprehensive resource offers:
† An overview of therapeutic storytelling
† Checklists for readers to evaluate the challenging behavior or situation and identify their desired resolution
† Guidelines for adapting stories for different age groups and cultures
† An extensive collection of new stories and traditional folk tales categorized by behavior or situation
† A story-making model to help the reader create stories directly relevant to their own circumstances.
“Susan Perrow's inspirational adventures with storytelling have grown into this inspirational book. May its pages encourage you to speak healing words that help both children and adults to flourish.” —Nancy Mellow, author of Storytelling with Children
“Susan Perrow gives us the tools to use and create stories that respond to the way children imagine their world. Practice what she teaches; it will enrich your life.”—Michael Moran, storyteller and psychiatric nurse
Susan Perrow is a story-loving Australian with twenty-two years in early childhood work (teaching three- to eight-year-olds), teacher training, storytelling, storywriting, and course facilitating. She is also a mother of three adult sons. For the past eight years, she has worked in early childhood teacher training in Australia, Kenya, and South Africa; developed a 150 hour unit on Storytelling for Southern Cross University (NSW, Australia); and completed masters degree research on cross-cultural storytelling (post-apartheid South Africa).