Contentious Issues: Discussion Stories for Young People

Content Issues L

ISBN 1843100339

Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 365 pages, £18.95

Challenging prejudice, stereotyping and judgemental behaviour, this volume consists of 40 discussion stories, which reflect society and the problems young people face today. Aimed at promoting discussion and awareness, young people are challenged to consider events and the part they themselves play in life, thus producing more responsible and independently thinking young adults. In particular, children with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism often have difficulty in coming to grips with social situations, so that the stories in this volume should be especially useful for those working with such children.

The stories are primarily intended for group work (although can be used on a one-to-one basis) and, since young people take more notice of what their peers have to say than adults, it provides an excellent forum for a multitude of opinions to be aired. No previous experience or knowledge of the topics is necessary and the book contains comprehensive guidance for professionals and parents. It is ideal for use in therapy sessions, schools, youth groups, and by parents and carers.

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