Second book to target frustration, anger and aggression.

Have you noticed any of these behaviours in your child?
  • Has difficulty staying calm
  • Is easily angered
  • Has difficulty getting over anger
  • Says that no-one understands him
  • Claims that no-one listens to her
  • Feels he can’t control his emotion
"Anger is a normal and healthy emotion," says Dr John Irvine, "but it is a child's ability to manage their emotions that can lead to heartbreaking long-term outcomes."
Respected Australian Child and Family Psychologist, Dr John Irvine, today released the second in a series of books designed to help children develop emotional intelligence. The new book, simply titled “Helping Young Children Manage Frustration and Anger” offers down to earth sensible advice for parents and educators on evaluating and coping with aggression.
This companion book extends the WorryWoos™ range of plush toys and supporting books which tackle the full gamut of emotions including anxiety, anger, loneliness, confusion, body image, fear, envy, jealousy and insecurity.

Dr. Irvine’s first book in the series, “Helping Young Children Beat the Worry Bug”, targeted debilitating anxiety and worry issues.

When asked about his work with the WorryWoos™ in conjunction with his own clinical and education experience gained over five decades, Dr. Irvine commented that the need for initiatives to help develop emotional intelligence is paramount. “Just look at the figures,” an impassioned Dr. Irvine said. “The fact is that despite all our anti-bullying, anti-hitting and anti-violence programs, this is not translating into less aggression at home or in the playground.”

And the stats don’t make for good reading. In New South Wales alone:

• 182 children were suspended for using an implement as a weapon in 2014
• 516 children were suspended for use or possession of a prohibited weapon in 2014
• 6641 children received long term suspensions for physical violence in 2014
• 5.5% increase annually in cases of domestic violence by children.

“This new book forms part of an overall approach we’re developing to empower parents and educators to help build strong, resilient children and the first concerted effort to foster emotional intelligence at both a family and community level. Do we blame children’s over-exposure to violent electronic entertainment, or to increasing incidence of family break-down or just to the hectic pace of life? We could, and we’d be justified in bewailing the sorry state of modern life… but that doesn’t help!”

The educational landscape is now even more challenging with regards to developing emotional intelligence as teachers respond to community demands. “NAPLAN, stranger danger, anti-bullying, safe schools, computer literacy, multiculturalism, road safety… and that’s before they tackle anything academic,” said Dr. Irvine.

“With these pressures and the pace of modern family life, children are expected wake up, get up, eat up, shut up, buckle up… by the time they get to school they’re fed up!”

Dr. Irvine is concerned that the “softer” dimensions of life are overlooked and the development of emotional intelligence has becomes secondary. “Play time, cuddle time, talk time, getting to manage my feelings time is becoming less apparent in modern families which means that little emotional issues of anxiety, frustration, loneliness, confusion and fear can all become overwhelming.”

“Helping Young Children Manage Frustration and Anger” is a wonderful tool designed with tomorrow’s adults in mind. “In this rapidly changing world of technology, where more than 5o% of present day jobs will not even exist by the time the kids leave school, the thriving child will be the one with high emotional intelligence and understanding; the child who is adaptable, resilient, self-confident, who has good social skills and who can manage their emotions well.”

Dr Irvine is now focused on taking the message to schools, writing guidelines which support the use of the full range of WorryWoos™ to help educators in preschools and Stage one school classes.

“The trial results for the program have been overwhelmingly positive; teachers report that children are thirsting for understanding and help with their emotions. The kids love the plush toys and the books and parents and teachers are united in their enthusiasm for the program and the new book “Helping Young Children Manage Frustration and Anger,” will be an important addition to its usefulness and credibility.

The WorryWoos™ story books, plush toys and Dr. John Irvine’s books are available exclusively through Educational Experience. See the full range at http://www.edex.com.au/worrywoo

About Dr John Irvine
Child and Family Psychologist B.A. PhD, M.A.C.E., M.A.P.S.

Dr John was born and raised in Sydney where he attended Fort Street High and then Bathurst Teachers College. He graduated in 1960 and had his own one teacher school south of Deniliquin at the age of 18 – four years older than some of his students!

After some years of primary teaching, John undertook External studies at the University of New England in NSW where he won the Shell Prize for Arts for his Undergraduate degree, and then the University Medal for his Honours degree.

Dr John became a lecturer in Special Education and Child Development and Behaviour Management at the Armidale Teachers College and at the University of New England before moving to Toowoomba to head up the Early Childhood Education training program at the University of Southern Queensland. Whilst there, Dr John completed his Ph.D. on Children’s play in 1980. He then returned to NSW as Principal Lecturer and Dean of Academic Studies at the School of Early Childhood Studies, now attached to Macquarie University.

In 1984 Dr John and his brother, Warwick, began the READ clinic on a part time basis until John resigned from his Academic post and became full time in private practice and the media in 1988 with the release of his first book “Coping with Kids”.

Since then, John has had an extensive role in the media, where he became one of the most heard and read and seen child psychologist nationally. Dr John has also been a consultant psychologist at the Central Coast Grammar school from 1986 to 2009.

In more recent times Dr John is working part time in the clinic with preferred areas in co-parenting programs and behaviour management. He also undertakes an extensive national speaking schedule nationally in his role as a child psychologist but also as Patron for Family Day Care, Kidsafe, Homestart, and as Ambassador for Playgroups. In the last 10 years Dr John has written over 1000 newspaper and magazine articles, has produced over 5000 radio segments for syndication around Australia and has written several books, his latest being “Thriving at school”. His other recent book “A handbook for happy families” has been developed and expanded into four different DVD’s covering his unique Reparations management system and also covering the 0-5, 6-11 and teen years.

Dr. John is a much sought after speaker who has been featured in various newspapers and on current affairs and TV news segments.

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WorryWoos and Developing Emotional Intelligence Program for Schools

Dr John was first introduced to the WorryWoo family over a year ago. He was instantly drawn to Nola, Rue, Fuddle, Squeek, Wince, Twitch and now, Zelly, the Monster of Envy.

Since then Dr John has connected with the WorryWoo creator, Andi Green to bring to life practical tips and guidance for parents and education professionals seeking to support children and their emotional development. Our next stage of evolution is a unique Developing Emotional Intelligence Program for schools.

‘Emotional intelligence is just as important as a child’s academic ability,’ explains Dr John, ‘recognising and embracing our emotions, as well as having parents and educators who can help navigate the rapidly changing 21st century is paramount is making sure children are supported in their learning and emotional growth.’ Dr John has begun trialling this expertly designed lesson plans with a range of schools across NSW, with very positive results.

To learn more about our partnership with Dr John on the Developing Emotional Intelligence Program for Schools contact our team on communications@edex.com.au