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Product Information Ron's Feeling Blue (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)

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This book uses drawings with a background story to explain the experience of having depression It is designed to be understandable to people across a range of intellectual abilities. The following excerpt from the publisher’s website previews the story used with this topic:

"Ron has lost interest in the things he usually enjoys. He doesn't want to see his friends or take part in any activities and just stays in bed. His GP (family doctor) visits and diagnoses Ron with depression. Ron sees his doctor several times who helps him to feel better.”

This book is part of The Royal College of Psychiatrists “Books Beyond Words” series, and is one of two such books on the topic of depression (click on the "Web Links" Tav above for a route to he Quality Mall listing for the other). “The stories are told through colour pictures that include mime and body language, to communicate simple, explicit messages. These help 'readers' to cope with emotions and events such as going to the doctor, bereavement, sexual abuse and depression.” The intent is to make the abstract and emotionally-laden information accessible to people across a wide range of intellectual abilities. Each book is set-up so a person with disabilities can page through it together with a support person. At the back is a bulleted "story behind the pictures" helping the support person to use them in talking about the difficult and/or complex life experience being addressed (click on the “Web Links” tab above to view a sample book online).

Excerpts taken from The Royal College of Psychiatrists website viewed on 8/31/11
Description of the story: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/publications/booksbeyondwords/bbw/9781908020086.aspx

Description of the series: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/publications/booksbeyondwords/aboutbbw.aspx
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