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Siblings at School: A Small Group Curriculum and Writing Project
by David C. Hayes
Siblings at School (A Small Group Curriculum and Writing Project) is designed to be used by counselors and other school professionals to establish a small group of elementary or middle school students who have siblings with disabilities, impairments or other health concerns. The book contains action-research background and sound, practical strategies to start this group within the school setting. Following that is a three-year curriculum with detailed session plans, lively activities, effective discussion starters and intriguing methods providing students with leadership roles and insights into their own outlooks and that of family interactions, all of which will be useful in planning and running the program over consecutive years. Introduced are the instructions and sample formats for an original writing project intended to assist the students in expressing themselves as siblings of brothers or sisters with special needs or health-related issues. Sample writings, touching and perceptive themselves, are provided throughout the text as are directions on how to turn this into a book-writing project for the group members and the counselor’s library as resources for future siblings groups. An extensive bibliography of books, resources and other materials for use by the students themselves as well as parents, counselors and other educators is included.
About the Author
David Hayes worked as an elementary school counselor for 26 years in a suburban Philadelphia, PA, school district. He also taught in the classroom for 10 years and has been an adjunct professor in the counseling department at West Chester University (West Chester, PA) for 20 years.
David received the “Elementary Counselor of the Year” award in 2000 from the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. He is now retired but continues teaching at WCU.
He currently resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Kathy, also a teacher, with children and grandchildren nearby.
(2012, paperback, 118 pages)