Positive Pete and Mindful Molly
By Sukaina Mukhtar
Thinking differently can be a struggle for humans; for both the child that may have a particular diagnosis or for the other children and adults.
We all know children who can’t sit still, never seem to listen, who don’t follow instructions or shout out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. Some data shows that nearly 15% of the population is likely to be diagnosed with ADHD by the time they are adults.
Jake’s Silence is the first of three books. The focus is for children to work on emotional intelligence. Thus, the second book in this series goes further into using tools like visualisation and meditation. The aim of the books is to help children become independent of their circumstance by cultivating these tools in order to overcome or manage their challenges.
This story is about a boy called Jake that has his own struggles dealing with ADHD. When dealing with some situations he becomes anxious and this leads to behaviours that others consider “naughty”. The books gives a little inside peek into what Jake is thinking and feeling. It also gives a peek to how others around him are reacting to his behaviours. Then their is Positive Pete and Mindful Molly that help Jake as he struggles through his day.
The book is based on a true story and is a good book for children with or without ADHD and adults. The story itself helps all people to understand what they can do to help themselves and each other. It challenges our attitudes on how we should support one another and not just jump to conclusions.
Following the story are lots of thought provoking activities that allow us to explore the many themes that come out and can be easily used with one individual, a family or a whole class.
This self-published book can be purchased on Amazon here: https://tinyurl.com/PositivePeteMindfulMolly
You can find more mindfulness strategies for children and adults on my own blog here: www.educationsvoice.wordpress.com or for more ideas for teachers, 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness In The Classroom published by Bloomsbury. More information can be found here.