Context Matching

I mentioned earlier about the use of Australian fauna, such as a kookaburra (Story 6, "Come Up Laughing"), a magpie (Story 29, "Changing Patterns ofBehavior"), and echidnas (Story 37, "Finding Tenderness"), in my stories. These are contextually relevant for the children with whom I work. A commercial television station has for years had a cartoon clip of a young echidna rolling down its burrow to bed before saying good night to the channel's young viewers—something with which many Australian kids are familiar. Magpies and kookaburras are found around the suburbs, they are fed by many families, and are part of many young clients' environment. This is not to suggest you tell stories of kookaburras if you are working in Europe or North America, where your children are not likely to associate with them. With some slight changes, there is no reason the kookaburra could not be a laughing hyena, the magpie any trainable animal (such as a pet dog), or the echidnas hedgehogs or porcupines. This is the beauty of stories: they can be adjusted to suit the age, gender, characteristics, and context of your client, and thus enhance the potential therapeutic gains.

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