Humor in Children's Lives: A Guidebook for Practitioners

Humor in Children's Lives: A Guidebook for Practitioners

Humor in Children's Lives: A Guidebook for Practitioners

Humor in Children's Lives: A Guidebook for Practitioners

Synopsis

Humor is a powerful force that can nourish children's growth, development, health, and sense of well-being. This study will inspire adults to lower their threshold for humor -- to let humor enter their professional lives and intertwine their relationships with children.

Excerpt

Laughing, like sneezing or coughing, is a discharge of energy characterized by a sudden, forceful emission of air. Unlike other physiological reflexes, laughter is triggered by thought and emotion and can be an expression of pleasure and mastery. This book explores the cathartic effect of humor on children. the book is not about humor as a form of entertainment, but as an infusion of energy that promotes healthy growth, development, and adjustment in children of all ages.

Readers of the book

The book was designed as a resource and as a guide for professionals who work with children and their families. the chapters present living cases, written by practitioners who are creative users of humor and whose work is exemplary in nurturing children's cognitive, social, and/or emotional development. the book can be used as a complementary text in professional development courses for educators, social workers, child life specialists, or medical personnel. It can be used as a text in a course on child development, child psychology, or children's humor. the book provides a focus for students enrolled in an interprofessional seminar or a course on parent education. Program developers, such as counselors who work in after-school programs or summer camps, producers of children's educational television, librarians, park recreation officials, physical therapists, teachers of the visual and performing arts, and museum program facilitators will find it a useful guidebook for integrating humor in their work with children. This book will be of interest to parents and others who are interested in child development.

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