• Help for Billy

  • A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom
  • By: Heather T. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Heather T. Forbes LCSW
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Help for Billy is a pragmatic manual to help guide families and educators who are struggling with traumatized children. Based on the concept of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Heather Forbes provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for teachers and parents.

This easy to listen audiobook, clears the way for a better understanding of the true nature regarding traumatic experiences affecting the brain and learning. It is a must listen for anyone working with a child in the classroom.

©2012 Heather T. Forbes (P)2013 Heather T. Forbes

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Slow read but worth it. Book is full of info and strategies. It provides a new perspective that teachers should consider when working with kids from trauma backgrounds

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Very Needed to Understand & Help Troubled Kids

This book has so many practical tips to help every educator better understand and support the kids who come to us everyday feeling helplessly and hopelessly dysregulated.

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Great book for professional development

Great book for teacher learning. We used in our mentoring program with staff. Would use again!

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Mixed emotions after reading this book

While I believe this author and book have lots of great, research- based ideas on how to help students affected by traumatic events I cannot think of a practical way to implement all of her suggestions. Oftentimes while reading I felt like I was being given a very long list of do's and don't without realistic solutions for implementation. If I had just a couple of Billy's in my class I could do what she suggested. This past year in my class of 24, I had almost 10 who would definitely fall under the heading of traumatized-- everything from parent abandonment to abuse to drugs, etc. I would need a second adult in the room a large portion of the time to successfully carry out her plan. In the final chapter she lists all the ways that parents and teachers should communicate to help 'Billy'. Unformatted a large portion of my students have experienced trauma from their parents so a lot of work had to go into teaching mom/ dad/ the care giver before you can even start to put even the simplest helps into place. My district is currently implementing Classroom 180 (her next book) so I wanted to see what this one had to say. I do truly see the value in a lot of what she said; I just can't imagine how to practically implement it with our current evil system.

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Outdated Neuroscience and Pseudoscience

As someone with degrees in Biology, Neuroscience, and Education, I’m actually embarrassed to have read this. While some of the interventions suggested are good for one on one implementation with students, they are backed up by some of the worst evidence. The neuroscience and psychology is outdated, the citations are appalling, the figures are very hit or miss (I have the physical book from my school), and the author actually includes pseudoscience. If she’s going to write a book based on brain science, she should try reading a scientific paper first. If your admin is trying to make you read this, I would gently suggest Transforming the Difficult Child (2016), by Howard Glasser instead. He’s an actual psychotherapist with reputable work.

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excellent read for teachers and parents

As a teacher it opened my eyes to what my students might be going through and ways I can help them.

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Great intent. Poor delivery.

Struggled to finish. The point of the book is there, but the approach to sharing the info misses the mark.

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Don’t recommend as audio book...

If you are reading this book as a professional book study the audio is a bit hard to follow. The chapters don’t line up with the chapters listed. I was trying to read a chapter at a time and I couldn’t find the stop and start. It made it hard for me to be prepared for the next meeting.

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Great informational read

A very good boom with lots of great information. Every teacher or peraon who works with children should read this!

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A must read!

Amazing book for teacher, professionals, and parents alike! I would highly recommend to anyone working with childhood trauma!

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educational, simple and eye opening.

the narrator's choose was calm and clear. information was easy to follow and memorise. there was enough practical examples for the reader to be able to understand the information.