Updating the red beast:  Kay Al-Ghani on making her best selling book more diverse, inclusive and effective

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1. It is more inclusive – The original book was written for children with Asperger Syndrome, the new addition aims to reach most children on the Autism Spectrum.

We know that the idea of a Red Beast is usually understood by children with Asperger’s, however, other children with Autism may take the metaphor quite literally and become distressed at the thought of a real beast inside of them.

The addition of the sentence “Let’s imagine that… “ at the start of the story means you can discuss the idea that the beast is not real – it is imaginary, pretend or make believe.

2. The new illustrations are more inclusive of typical children – so the child has a chance to see the behaviour of the angry boy in the playground from the perspective of their peers.

Old Version

New Version

3.Character names have been changed to be gender neutral and therefore more inclusive; so it’s now Danni & Charlie instead of Rufus and John.

Old Version

New Edition

4.  It has taken into account pupil’s perspectives. After going into schools, Kay learnt that many children disliked the picture of the Red Beast being caught in a net as it made the adults seems aggressive and uncaring. This has now been updated so the teachers are using gentle handling instead . 

Old Version

New Edition

| by K.I. Al-Ghani | This vibrant, fully illustrated children’s storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to tame the red beast and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger’s Syndrome.

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Let’s imagine that………………….

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The Red Beast

| by K.I. Al-Ghani | This vibrant, fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to tame the red beast and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome.

The Panicosaurus

| by K.I. Al-Ghani | This fun, easy-to-read and fully illustrated storybook will inspire children who experience anxiety, and encourage them to banish their own Panicosauruses with help from MabelÕs strategies. Parents and carers will like the helpful introduction, explaining anxiety in children, and the list of techniques for lessening anxiety at the end of the book.

The Disappointment Dragon

| by K.I. Al-Ghani | The Disappointment Dragon sometimes comes to see us all and, if we let him, he can make us feel sad or angry. The fun characters in this charming, fully illustrated storybook will help children to cope with, and discuss openly, their feelings of disappointment. There are many creative suggestions on how to banish the Disappointment Dragon and an introduction for adults explaining disappointment in children and how they can help.

The Green-Eyed Goblin

This illustrated storybook explains jealousy through the story of Theo and his Green- Eyed Goblin. It will encourage children to talk about their feelings and learn how to subdue their own Green-Eyed Goblin for good. A section of tried and tested techniques for using with children, and a helpful introduction for parents and carers is included.

Super Shamlal - Living and Learning with Pathological Demand Avoidance 

Super Shamlal - Living and Learning with Pathological Demand Avoidance | by K.I. Al-Ghani | Shamlal the Camel finds it almost impossible to do all the normal, everyday things that the other camels do. Her first word was 'NO!' and this is still the word she repeats the most through every day. Luckily, Shamlal's parents take her to a psychologist who explains that she has PDA, and gives her tips for how to live and learn with the syndrome.

Are You Feeling Cold, Yuki?

A fun and enlightening book to explain interoception to children. Often such a misunderstood fundamental cause of many 'out of sorts' behaviours. Beautifully explained and Illustrated book to help everyone understand this vital concept. - Sue Larkey

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Pre-Order NEW Workbook

This very practical workbook shows Danni coming to terms with the reasons for his angry outbursts and learning ways to control his Red Beast.

Included are a number of black & white illustrations from the new edition that are excellent for discussion times – the children can colour them in as you talk about the content – very therapeutic.

Suitable for ages 5 to 10.

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