PUPPETS are among the latest “secret weapons” that a Gymea Bay woman is promoting to help children build up psychological resilience.
Puppets and dragons: Sarah Tillott is using children’s favourites to teach resilience. Picture: Chris Lane
Sarah Tillott, formerly a nurse and naturopath and now a university lecturer, is the driving force behind the puppets as part of a multi-faceted program which she describes as being “solution focused”.
“The puppets are used as problem solvers, based on intervention,” Ms Tillott said.
“Teachers use the puppets for role play.”
The puppets are to be used in addition to a three-part series of books called Dusty and Friends, of which the first is about to be released. The remaining books are due for release next year.
Separate to the book is a program tailored to schools that includes activities and puppetry.
It has taken five years of research to put all of the “resilience” material together.
Ms Tillott’s company, School for Living, promotes ways that children can learn to stand up for themselves.
In one Dusty episode, the character Alex loses a game when he is on the beach and, as a result, snorts fire instead of taking time out because he is angry.
The book additionally helps children to learn to read and to have positive values, how best to communicate with peers, and to see the consequences of their actions, and to build up the fundamental skills of resilience.
Children with resilience could deal with bullying, she said.
The books are aimed at children aged three to seven.
Ms Tillott said the program had been introduced at St Aloysius Cronulla and Miranda North Public School.
“We are expecting this program to be available nationally, given the feedback from the pilot testing,” Ms Tillott said.
The hardcover book Dusty and Flected bookstores and a digital version is $6.99 athttp://www.schoolforliving南京夜网.au/
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