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104 Activities That Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, and Coping Skills Paperback – Nov 15 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rec Room Publishing; 1 edition (Nov. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966234138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966234138
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alanna Jones has a degree in Recreational Threapy from Western Washington University. She has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in psychiatric hospitals with children, adolescents and adults, and has spent time working with youth-at-risk, a a church youth group leader, camp counsellor and coach. She has travelled around the U.S. leading the popular Therapeutic Activities and Games workshops for teachers, counsellors and therapists.

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Teamwork activities are fun to lead, exciting to participate in, challenging, and almost always the favorite type of therapeutic games to play. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clara M. Fuller on June 7 2002
Format: Paperback
I got this book hoping it would have simple, easy to use exercises to utilize in groups, with individual clients, and with families. However, it is not. Many of the exercises require extra materials and some require a good bit of creativity. I prefer the workbook types and have those are much more helpful than this one. If you are just looking for a good place to start and some creative ideas, then this book is for you. If you all ready have some resources you like and use, you may want to check this book out from a library or bookstore before buying because I was disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "mblopez3" on Feb. 11 2002
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If you are in the mental health field, this book is a must. I have utilized many of these activities which have all been a success. Teaching elementary and junior high students social skills can be a challenge, but not with this book in your library. The activities are targeted towards children who struggle with self esteem issues, anger management, and coping skills. This book is FANTASTIC!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Armstrong on Feb. 23 2004
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Alanna Jones is a certified recreational therapist who has compiled an interesting set of 104 games and activities that social workers, recreational therapists, and some educators and school counselors (in substantially separate classrooms for behavior/emotional disorders) can use. The book is organized into activities that build (1) teamwork, (2) self-esteem, (3) communication, (4) self-discovery, (5) anger management, and (6) coping skills. Almost all activities are designed for elementary school aged children, but Ms. Jones, under each activity, presents variations--either in the activity itself or in the intended age group.
The crucial part of using these activities occurs after the activity is done. This is the "debriefing" part of the activity. It is absolutely necessary to do this debriefing in order that the youngster(s) arrive at some understanding of the activity just completed, and its possible meaning to them. It is assumed that the reader is comfortable with this type of debriefing, and has the skills to intercede in case the activity or debriefing are going south.
The things I liked about this book are: (1) Ms. Jones' energy and positive thinking about youngsters and her desire to provide them with challenging and thoughtful moments; (2) She explains each activity or game fully, provides lists of materials needed, gives some advice on structuring the activity; (3) This is therapy "in action," so it attracts the interest and energy of the youngsters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17 2001
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I was a little afraid the teens at my high school would find the games "babyish" or too "corny" but let me tell you they LOVE these games. Any book that can get 13-18 year old Latino and African American males engaged is a must have!
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This is a GREAT book for Sp.Ed.Teachers,Teachers, Counselors,Church group leaders and families. Children, teens and adults can all learn more about themselves while having a good time. This book works on Self-Esteem, Coping Skills, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery and Teamwork. Each game is prepared with Objectives, Audience, Group size, Materials, Description, Discussion prompts and Variations for 104 EXCITING GAMES. Most of these games can be played with ordinary household or classroom materials. Alanna Jones has also wtitten another HELPFUL and FUN BOOK called The Wrecking Yard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on March 3 2013
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This is a great book with lot's of ideas!
This book is more geared towards group activities rather than individual or one-on-one situations.
Wonderful and inspirational!
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By Jason Lambert on June 6 2001
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I use this book a lot when I am ill prepared for a children's therapy group, and I need a quick idea or two. The ideas presented are easily adapted, even offering suggestions for altering the activities so they meet your group's needs. The activities can sometimes be used to spark an in-depth discussion, with a skilled counselor, or they can be used as more surface level activities to illustrate a point. I use this much more than any other book full of activities.
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By A Customer on March 2 2003
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This book is a great resource for anyone working with children or adolescents! I bought it because I needed ideas for activities for elementary school students, but it has been useful for the adolescents I work with, too. There are a lot of really creative ideas in here, and I have used it consistently since the day I got it. All of my coworkers think I am so creative now! This is a very useful book and well worth the money.
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