Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping
Challenging Children in the Classroom
Help for Billy is a pragmatic manual to help guide educators and parents who are struggling with children impacted by trauma. Based on the concept of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Heather T. Forbes, LCSW provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for teachers and parents.
This easy to read book, with tables, outlines and lists, clears the way for a better understanding of the true nature regarding traumatic experiences affecting the brain and learning. It is a must read for anyone working with a child in the classroom. It has become the "bible" for setting the foundation for creating a trauma-informed school.
"In her new book, 'Help for Billy', Heather Forbes provides with deep insight a manual for parents and teachers addressing essential methods for managing the school-room behavior of the child with complex trauma. Based on concepts of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Forbes provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for both parent and teacher, with tables, outlines, and lists, focusing the information and making it easily applicable. She presents the essential concept of regulatory rather than behavioral dysfunction in the disruptive child, and provides a wealth of strategies for both the parent and teacher to apply to help the child to self-regulate. This groundbreaking book will be an invaluable resource for both parents and teachers of the disruptive child, and should be required
reading for both.
Author: The Body Bears the Burden, The Trauma Spectrum, and Eight Keys to Brain-Body Balance
"'Help for Billy' is a very inspiring, insightful, and practical book for parents and professionals who would like to work in partnership to help ensure the educational success for all the Billys we will encounter in our lifetime. Her book presents staff and parents with real life insight and solutions for working with the 'unteachable child' by providing them with practical approaches, effective commonsense strategies, and tools that provide us with hope for the future of all the Billys of the world. 'Help for Billy' is a must read for all educators, administrators, and parents interested in making a difference in the lives of the 'unteachable child.'"
Winston B. Johnson, LCSW, ACSW
Director for Prevention-Intervention Services Hartford Public Schools Connecticut
"'Help for Billy' brings a compassionate voice to the thousands of children who attend every school in America who have been impacted by trauma, and the significant disadvantage that stress has on brain development. Heather clearly lays out the brain research and shows that we are trying to force round pegs into square holes."
Principal at Lincoln High School, Walla Walla, Washington
"'Help for Billy' is a must read for anyone looking to understand, support, and teach challenging and easily frustrated children. Heather writes with the knowledge of a professional and the heart of a parent."
Parent to a child with trauma