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Practice Hints

A collection of short practice pointers for work with children, youth and families. Contributed by Brian Gannon.

1. Stop or go?
2. Having something to say
3. Value-added tax
4. Create occasions
5. Fools rush in
6. Be free
7. Attending the everyday events
8. Problems of the Third Kind
9. Transitional objects
10. In or out? Exclude or take in?
11. Hotel or Zoo?
12. Conversation Piece
13. Learning curves
14. Talk the Walk!
15. Keep Talking
16. No Fancy Steps
17. The Ladder of Learning
18. Children and youth after all
19. Not enough words?
20. Moving towards role-free relationships
21. Natural law
22. Asking "Why?"
23. Keeping connected
24. Keep records
25. Taking a break
26. Debriefing
27. Social maps
28. Put off to tomorrow
29. Group and regroup
30. To add, not subtract
31. "pixellated kids"
32. Doing enough
33. Relaxing
34. The economy of relationships
35. Face the same way
36. The good guys and the bad guys
37. It's not about us
38. Get past the labels
39. No settling down
40. The whole truth
41. No such thing as a practice hint
42. Confirm the reservation
43. Let your task define your space
44. First things last
45. What you see and what you don't see
46. I am the adult
47. Why is this kid here?
48. If we don't let them say ...
49. The next step
50. The persona of a program
51. Anxiety and aggression
52. Giving kids candy
53. Silence
54. Respond, don't react
55. Stay with the plan
56. On whose side?
57. Getting to know you
58. Away from our comfort level
59. The deep end
60. Team: Having your say
61. A middle course
62. If you're scared of the sight of blood
63. Watch that behaviour
64. Understanding what we do
65. Information: The easy gift
66. The final test
67. Walk a mile in their shoes
68. Nobody owns one
69. A Good Time
70. Three's company
71. Nice climate, lousy weather
72. Concrete alternative beliefs
73. Contracting: preparing the ground
74. "Over-therapizing"
75. Ontological assassination
76. Why do I feel this way?
77. Who is in charge?
78. Living life today
79. Complex boundaries, complex questions
80. Table d'hote or a  la carte?
81. Passing the ball
82. Teaching empathy

83. Sibling rivalry
84. Understanding needs
85. Being consistently inconsistent
86. Re-learning from experience
87. Generalising ... and again
88. Everyday events speech
89. Intervention version 1.0
90. Critical mass
91. Waiting for attention
92. Time to relax
93. One size fits all?
94. The person next to you
95. The hygienic environment
96. Through fresh eyes
97. Fact or facts....?
98. Redefining for objectivity
99. Tangibles and intangibles
100. Looking forward
101. Temptations of the self
102. The middle course
103. Fun and laughter
104. Scraps
105. Your way, our way
106. Teaching in the doing, not in the saying
107. Kickstarting kids
108. Early intervention
109. Share more talk
110. Making activities real
111. Mental snapshots
112. Words, body language and thoughts
113. Flash point
114. Between the children
115. Goals: Looking beyond the present action
116. Expressing feelings
117. Blamers and responsibility
118. Counterpoint
119. Forever
120. Whose behaviour
121. Appearance is everything
122. Go normative
123. Take a moment
124. Our children's children
125. Large group, bulk discount
126. Time will tell
127. Real people
128. Give them space
129. Looking ahead
130. Back me up, Scotty
131. Choices
132. Upending role-models
133. The quiet ones
134. Looking backwards ... and forwards
135. Yesterday's work today?
136. Title
137. Candy
138. Approachability
139. Rogue kids, angry groups
140. Do it yourself?
141. What is being asked? – I
142. What is being asked? – II
143. Stay connected
144. How was your day?

145. Unlock the force
146. Short gains, or long benefits
147. Clogged arteries
148. Handing them back
149. Biographical sketches
150. Downward spiral
151. The best theory
152. Matching resources
153. Decisions
154. Grouping in residential care
155. Connecting
156. Enough to take away
157. Hurt feeling
158. Expectations of health

159. In the company of kids
160. Restoring circulation
161. Stories of heroes
162. Holiday camp or intensive development
163. The intervention
164. Contagious affection
165. Self-determination
166. Roles to play tasks to contribute
167. Learning formality and informality
168. Play the ball not the man
169. Did you hear about that...?
170. Children teaching children
171. Prioritising
172. Our own feeling
173. Any good adults
174. Listening diagnostically?
175. Freedom to express
176. Words and meaning
177. Viva la difference!
178. Routine
179. The environment
180. Responsibility not power
181. Clashing agendas
182. Telling and teaching
183. Back forever
184. Root-bound kids
185. Finding directions
186. The future and today
187. Qualities of a care worker
188. Taking ... and giving
189. Door-keepers and door openers
190. Listen to the motives
191. Spontaneity
192. Urgency
193. Black-and-white
194. Learning continua vs. on-off switches
195. Tomorrow is another place
196. Troubleshooting
197. Don't worry, be happy
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