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Jungle Tracks Kit
The Jungle Tracks kit contains a facilitator’s guide and five story books in which the characters in the stories encounter many of the events and issues that refugee children and young people face including grief and loss, depression, emotional outbursts, low self-esteem, sleep difficulties and fear and anxiety. These, together with the themes of hope and empowerment, are addressed in the stories.
The detailed facilitator’s guide describes how the storytelling approach is used in Jungle Tracks. It outlines the objectives of each story together with its themes. The facilitator’s guide includes suggestions to guide children and young people’s reflection. It also has an appendix with handouts and exercise.
The kit also contains a USB with relaxation/ visualisation recordings in English and some other languages. Please enquire about the most up-to-date list of languages available.
The five stories in the program are:
1. Sam and Sonia, a story about orphaned children which helps to introduce the concept of counselling and the Jungle Tracks program.
2. Colours of the Wind which follows a monkey named Charlie who is forced to leave his home to save his life. The main focus of this story is dealing with bereavement and loss and finding peace.
3. Deano Learns to Smile Again which features a young deer whose home is destroyed by fire. When he arrives at his new place he is ridiculed because of he is different. The focus of this story is learning to deal with discrimination and building self-esteem skills.
4. Enter the Lion is a story about a metaphorical lion that lives with Sam, the orphan from our first story. Sam learns how to tame the beast and wave him good bye. The focus of this story is learning to manage anger and stress as well as dealing with flashbacks. It also introduces relaxation techniques.
5. Chui and Teeter follows a leopard and turtle dove who appear in the orphan Sonia’s dreams. She learns how to take control of her dreams and not be afraid of them. The focus of the story is on improving sleep and addressing distressing dreams.
The stories and program are relevant for a broad range of ages from early primary and possibly younger to older high school students. The stories are suitable for use in individual and group therapy. Reading the stories may also help parents and children to share their thoughts and feelings.