Helping Children Cope With Loss and Change: a guide for professionals and parents by Amanda Seyderhelm

Whether it’s the grief of bereavement, the strain of divorce or the uncertainty of a new home or school, loss and change affect children in countless ways. Nevertheless, teachers and parents frequently find themselves ill-equipped to help children struggling with the difficult feelings that these situations, and others like them, bring. Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change offers guided support for teachers, health professionals and parents.

Designed for use with children aged 4-10, this guide offers:

  • Case studies illustrating various signs of grief and loss, to help the caregiver spot and manage a child’s pain.
  • Therapeutic stories designed to be read with the child, and with prompt questions to encourage discussion.
  • Creative activities and exercises that can be developed into a therapeutic ‘toolkit’ to support the child and the caregiver themselves.

With chapters that move from Loss and Change to Resolution and Resilience, addressing the needs of both the child and caregiver, Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change will be an invaluable therapeutic tool.


Amanda Seyderhelm is an experienced certified play therapist who trains families, schools and organisations how to help children cope with loss, bereavement, grief, and change using play and the creative arts to build optimism, wellbeing, and resilience.

In her private practice she has treated children from primary, and secondary school settings, and also worked closely with the ASF, and the team at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity introducing the creative arts to young patients. She is now a partner agency for Barnardos Charity, and is CRUSE qualified to work with children, and young people. She now teaches online CPD Masterclasses with experts in play and the creative arts. A member of BACP, and The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, all her clinical work is supervised. She has an enhanced DBS, and professional indemnity insurance.

Amanda has a BA degree in English Literature and Social Anthropology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Distinction), and a PG Certificate in systemic approaches to treating individuals, families and organisatons from The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Other books by Amanda:

Isaac and the Red Jumper –  a picture book for bereaved children aged 4-10 yrs

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