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What follows has been said many times before and by people who know a lot more than I do


Based on my experience, children who are unable to let their concerns be known, through words alone, are inclined to act them out in ways which only increase their woes and those of the people who care for them


But as children have repeatedly demonstrated they are both attracted to and capable of making use of an effective alternative i.e. through materials which support the combined use of symbolic and verbal expression


The CUSTTAD approach is one of many such alternatives


And my position on the subject is this. Whilst it may not work for all children it works for many of them And having witnessed the benefits, the least that can be done is to make those alternative ways and means available to all those who would like to give them a try


It is a position which I think is supported by the two books I have written about my work with children

The first, BALANCING THE REQUEST TO BE GOOD, is an account of the earliest phases of the work

The second entitled MAKING CUSTTAD is a sort of alphabetical handbook of practice

Both books are available in print form and as ebooks