I was super excited to be given a review copy of Bailey Beats the Blah (2013) by Karen Tyrrell.
We know CBT works, but somehow it’s difficult to describe how this works with children. This is a great book for parents, GPs, schools and psychologists working with young children.
Tyrrell uses the word “Blah” a word to use, when you can’t describe the yucky feeling.
Particularly if it’s your first child, parents aren’t used to talking to little people about feelings. This book is a simple and short way to help parents and their offspring communicate emotional distress.
Topics presented are a great way as an “in” to discuss mental health issues with young people. Children aren’t great at describing what’s wrong. They often point to the same problems listed in the book – like tummy pains. When there is no word for them to describe this yucky feeling they have, the lack of energy of joy, “blah” is a great alternative.
I liked it, it does a great job of pinpointing what mood disturbance in young children look like. And best of all, there is a happy ending with practical ways parents and schools can help. Sometimes simple is best.