Eating Disorders Pocketbook

Author: Pooky Knightsmith

Date Of Publication: 04/10/2012

Teachers can provide life-changing support to a pupil struggling with an eating disorder; Pooky suggests that at least one student per class is at risk of developing an eating disorder. The Eating Disorders Pocketbook aims to give teachers valuable information to equip them to identify and act when an eating disorder makes a presence in the classroom.

Pooky has worked within the field of eating disorders for many years, often alongside renowned clinical and psychiatric experts to create eating disorder training courses for schools. With eight clear and concise chapters her pocketbook is easy and quick to read and will guide teachers through the necessary steps they will need to take to support a pupil with an eating disorder. The pocketbook aims to give teachers a basic understanding of eating disorders and how to spot the warning signs. It then explains, with hints and tips, how to overcome the barriers that prevent pupils from sharing their concerns about either their own eating difficulties or those of a friend they are worried about and gives suggestions about how to approach a pupil they are worried about. Importantly the pocketbook then identifies what steps need to be taken with clear action points and lists, to ensure adequate internal and external support is put into place, with a whole chapter dedicated to practical support that the school can provide.

This pocketbook is an essential read for all teachers providing them with an introduction to understanding the complex and, at times, overwhelming needs of any pupil experiencing an eating disorder and to steer them through the correct path to support that pupil.

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