Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back: Resilient Therapy for Parents and Professionals – Kim Aumann and Angie Hart

Bringing up children with extra needs can leave parents feeling deskilled, disarmed, and worn down. Resilient Therapy is an innovative way of strengthening children with complex needs, for anyone to use. This is a tried-and-tested handbook for parents to read from cover to cover, or dip in and out of as needed. Accessible and fun, it includes exercises and worksheets, as well as breaking down the principles of the latest research, making them easy to apply to everyday situations.

This ‘magic box’ of potions and remedies is perfect for parents and carers, friends and families of children with disabilities, special educational needs, and mental or physical health needs, as well as professionals working with these children and families.

As a mother of 4 children, 3 of whom have a pick and mix of special needs including ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, high functioning autism, anxiety and dyslexia – this book has been about building my own resilience as well as theirs. A boost in resilience is, I believe, what got my youngest through SATS and building my resilience to deal with my ADHD son has improved our relationship enormously. The exercises were fun as well as informative. I think this book is really practical and positive.” – Karin Anjos

This book offers a ‘magic box’ of ideas and a menu of coping strategies for families and those who support them. The emphasis is on practical steps forward, positive and achievable outcomes, with the end-result of families feeling confident and competent in helping their own child to make progress.” – Dr Philippa Russell – Chair of Standing Commission on Carers, UK

“The book elegantly achieves the aim of encouraging parents (& professionals) to build a coping scaffold.  It respectfully invites people to reflect on the resources they already have and then use the ‘straightforward, ordinary magic’ of resilient therapy to begin a change in everyday life.” – Mark Bowers, Faculty for Children & Young People, Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society

“It’s terrific to see a book for parents and professionals which shares knowledge and expertise on resilience – it is the key to parents and children getting through the tough times.” – Mary MacLeod – Founder and Chief Executive of The Family and Parenting Institute, UK (1999-2009)

Aumann, K., & Hart, A. (2009). Helping children with complex needs bounce back: Resilient Therapy for parents and professionals. London: Jessica Kingsley.


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