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Hawthorn Press Early Years Series

Helping Children to Overcome Fear

The Healing Power of Play

October 2000
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    1st October 2000
  • ISBN 9781903458020
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.

The insights of Jean Evans, a play leader, have become core principles for preschools, play therapy, childcare, and pediatrics. These include child development through play and imitation; captivating children’s interest; encouragement as a basis for healing; guidelines for helping children feel safe and happy; and helping dying children and caring parents.

Jean Evans' practical insights embrace child development through play and imitation; captivating children's interest; encouragement as a source of healing; practical guidelines for helping children to feel safe and happy; dying children and caring parents.

Full of touching and useful examples of how Jean applied this in her work, Helping Children to Overcome Fear serves to remind us that these principles are relevant not only to the critically ill but can be used to support all children, everywhere.


“Jean Evans was a remarkable woman who worked for many years as a Play Leader at Llandough Hospital looking after critically ill children...she was brilliantly innovative in her work with the dying child and this, perhaps, is her most lasting legacy as her thoughts and deeds influenced, and still do, the doctors and nurses who look after these children.” —Dr. Roger Verrier Jones, pediatrician, University Hospital Llandough (Penarth, Wales)

“This inspirational book should become mandatory reading for Pediatricians and Play Therapists--indeed any adult who is serious in their desire to be alongside a child needing to face their fear. It gently embraces the skills of respectful listening, creativity and fun—instantly recognizable to a discerning child.” —Julie Stokes, psychologist, founder of Winston's Wish

Russell Evans

Russell Evans works in adult education with personal and social growth, following a career as a chartered electrical engineer and manager with British Telecom, Wales.