Márianna Csóti

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Help for Children

Learn how to help children aged 5 to 16 affected by anxiety related to school attendance.

Many practical strategies are given.

Help children prepare for primary and secondary schools and give photocopiable sheets to teachers to help them understand the diffciulties children have when they are affected by 'school phobia'.

Forty stories with discussion questions for young people aged 11 to 18. Can be used in Personal Social and Health Education in secondary schools, with young offenders, at home to promote discussion in a family setting and with children who have bullied to help raise empathy for other people.

All research and tips for the person organising the group is given.

Help children aged 7 to 16 learn and develop social skills: particularly suitable for very shy and timid children, children with learning difficulties and children with autism spectrum disorders. Also helps raise children's self-esteem and teaches anger management and assertiveness. The book is very practical and gives many tasks and role plays to develop children's social confidence. No special expertise in delivering the course is necessary - all guidance is given.

For use with young adults aged 16+ with mild learning difficulties to help develop their social skills and assertiveness skills. There are many tasks and role plays and can be used in a school or therapy setting with small groups. Can also be used with young people aged 14+ without learning difficulties. All guidance is given, so the person running the course needs no special expertise.

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An assertiveness training course for sixth formers.


All guidance is given, so the person running the course needs no special expertise.


More help for dealing with bullying


Help children who bully by raising their empathy - see Contentious Issues. Bullies have been found to be low in empathy - as bullying progresses their empathy for the victim diminishes. Bystanders, or witnesses to bullying, also need to have raised empathy so that they care enough to intervene.


Help children who are victimised by raising their self-esteem and teaching them social skills and assertiveness skills - see Social Awareness Skills for Children and People Skills for Young Adults. Children who bully may have low self-esteem too. And they need to learn to be more assertive and less aggressive.


Use Social Awareness Skills for Children to help teach them anger managment, listening and caring skills - and how to be a good friend. Some victims bully too - they can be helped by anger management.

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The longer 'school phobia' goes on the harder it is to treat and so children - and the rest of their family - suffer for longer.

I wrote this book to help young people discuss issues that are important without the spotlight being on them - they don't have to talk about personal experiences as events happen to the characters. I want young people to be able to open their minds to there not always being an easy answer, or a right answer, and to accept that there are many kinds of people in the world who have worth.

I wrote this book as I noticed many children have poor social skills - and sometimes parents seemed unaware of this. I had poor awareness of social expectations and the need for different behaviour in different environments with different people as a child.


So I devised a course that parents and professionals can use with children from age 7 to help them be more socially aware. If your child fails to make eye contact on greeting someone or fails to look pleased when there is an expectation that they are pleased - such as when given a gift - then this book is for you.

Written in hour sessions for parents or professionals to use, young people will gain a good grounding in social skills, social expectations and how they can effectively communicate. Of all the years spent in school it astounds me that this is an area that is sadly neglected - helping people learn to get on with other people through people skills.




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How to stop bullying 112 wide

Whether the bullying takes the form of physical intimidation, psychological harassment or internet or mobile phone bullying, this book explains the positive steps you can take to stop it and help protect the children in your care.

Bullying is a subject I feel passionate about and I was thrilled when asked to write a book on the subject. I wanted my book to be very different from the others I'd seen on the subject and tried to make it 'holistic' - tackling the problem from all angles. So my book has plenty of information and advice for schools, teachers and parents and gives exercises to do with children and young adults to help stop them becoming and being both bullies and victims. But I don't let the bystanders off either - they need help in accepting the critical role of defender to victims.

The importance of developing children's social, emotional and behavioural skills has now been recognised by the Government in two very important initiatives: Every Child Matters and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. This book was written to give teachers a bank of information, ideas and exercises to use in school.

 To my delight, Continuum asked me to write this book. I divided up the content into 68 lessons and revisited topics I'd approached previously to create a fresh approach. Teacher information is on the left of each double page spread and classroom activites and discussions and role plays are given on the opposite page - a format that I found to work well.

Developing Children's Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills

Published in 2009 by Continuum

Developing Children''s Social, Emotional and Behav