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Practical Guide to Happiness in Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: A Positive Psychology Approach

by Victoria Honeybourne Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Full of simple strategies for happiness in children and teens with autism, this book is a must read for anyone dedicated to the wellbeing of a child on the spectrum.


Bringing a refreshingly positive approach to mental health and autism, the guide is full of practical ideas for helping children strengthen their self-worth, optimism and receptivity to happiness. It also reveals how children can build resilience and better understand their feelings, giving them the skills to flourish and thrive and to ward off negative thoughts. The activities are ideal for all learning levels and can be done individually or in groups, at home or in the classroom. Talking about mental health in autism is all too often reduced to ways of 'curing illness' - this book helps to prevent poor mental health by making happiness a priority and an attainable goal.


Market: Primary/secondary school teachers, teaching assistants, trainee teachers; SENC Os and SEN teachers; school counsellors, pastoral staff; speech and language therapists; social workers, therapists; parents/carers of young people with autism.

Introduction. 1. If you only have five minutes... 2. Understanding the autism spectrum. 3. Understanding positive psychology. 4. Recognising, identifying and using character strengths. 5. Cultivating positive emotions. 6. Positive coping. 7. Meaning and Purpose. Glossary. References. Further Resources / Reading. Appendix A: Strengths Cards. Appendix B: Happiness Survey. Appendix C: Optimistic Planning Sheet. Appendix D: Dealing with setbacks. Appendix E: Overcoming anxieties. Appendix F: Values List. Index of activities.

What a refreshing book this is ... filled with practical ideas and activities to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. This is a fantastic resource for parents and professionals and I'm sure that it will enrich many lives.
Victoria Honeybourne is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer. Her background is in special educational needs teaching and she is author of a number of books on the topic.