Every book is written containing therapeutic metaphor to offer support for everyday worries and thoughts. The beauty of children's imagination and the ability for them to accept therapeutic metaphor without question makes this the perfect medium to support resolution from subconscious unease. Each story therefore utilises a range of child appropriate metaphors which they can easily relate to, this also means that a multitude of issues can be resolved in one story as each child listening will take what they need. Teaching children coping techniques for managing worries and fears empower them to take control from an early age. So, books such as 'Brian and the Scary Moment' and 'Brian and the Funny Feeling' use NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to allow children to take control of their minds and learn techniques to resolve them. The fun and easy approaches are embedded into the story so children can easily accept them and because Brian is so easy to relate to they use them just like him! This also offers parents and professionals activities and tools they can use daily to support children.
When reading the books, the story content is important. Therefore, you need to read all the words, it is imperative that you do not skip past and just look at the pictures and the word structures and content are the key to the books support. Where you see ‘….’ take a pause before continuing.
The Adventures of Brian do not need lengthy introductions, as the therapeutic support is embedded in the story we therefore can just enjoy it as a normal story book. However, often children will have other things that they would like to talk about, or comment on when they have read it. We have even found that some children have told parents who else needs to read them!
Children may talk about why Brian is like them, or how Brian feels, or about how the Blue Butterfly helped him. Some children will reflect that they are like the characters. Keep your questions open and positive, if they draw parallels talk to them about what Blue Butterfly would suggest to them, or praise them for recognising how Brian and Blue Butterfly could help them too. For some children, they will decide that they can try things after reading the books, if they do, praise them and keep everything positive (do not refer to the old issue).
You can combine different books to support children’s feelings:
Anxiety: Brian and the Funny Feeling & Brian and the Scary Moment
School transitions: Brian and the Scary moment & Brian and the Changing Path
Medical: Brian and the Poorly Day & Brian and the Sparkly Rainbow
Grief: Brian and the Shiny Star
Feeling different: Brian and the Blue Butterfly & Brian and the Proud Feeling
Behaviour: Brian and the Naughty Day & Brian and the Changing Path
Caring for animals: Brian and the Big Black Dog & Brian and the Rescue Pups