Brain Tricks

Brain Tricks encourages children to appreciate the transformational power of their own amazing brain!  In a constantly changing world, children can experience a myriad of emotions, and at times feel endlessly buffeted about by life.

A light and quirky book about a not-so-light subject: emotional pain and what we can do with it.  It encourages children to learn about and manage pain differently when they understand how incredible their brains are at adapting to new experiences.

  • The words and illustrations provide a wonderful synergy, combining an appealing playfulness with the reality of emotional pain and hurt.
  • Empowers children by normalising and identifying the unhelpful yet common ways we try to avoid our painful emotions.
  • Written in a quirky style that opens up opportunity for children to begin a conversation with an adult about healthy ways to cope with more challenging emotions such as anger, worry and disappointment.
  • Developed with the assistance of professionals who work with children in education, counselling and social work, this book draws on the basic principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  CBT is widely used as an effective treatment for children in the areas of anxiety, depression and ADHD.
  • Laid out in an uncluttered format in order to aid children who have sensory processing sensitivities.

This book provides a hope-laden message: they hold within themselves the key to better understand their emotions and the vital role they play.

Written by Rose Stanley and illustrated by Lisa Allen

$20.00 incl. GST

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Free resources are available on the Cheeky Dragon website – colouring, worksheets and lesson plans for parents and educators to use alongside Brain Tricks.

Read an article Rose wrote for Tots to Teens magazine called “Brain tricks for kids with anxiety“.

Read a review of Brain Tricks in Psychology Today by Dr Susan Biali Haas.

Kiwi author Rose Stanley Rose Stanley author

Find out more about Auckland author Rose Stanley and on her author profile.

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Dimensions 24 × 25 cm

Softcover edition



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