The Homunculi Approach to Social and Emotional Wellbeing
A Flexible CBT Programme for Young People on the Autism Spectrum or with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
By Anne Greig and Tommy MacKay. Foreword: Rita Jordan
London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013
“I would recommend this book to those who work with young people, particularly those on the autistic spectrum. It is a fun, innovative approach to helping building social and emotional well-being, with a strong CBT focus and clear theoretical basis”
Journal of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy
You can order a copy of The Homunculi here, where you will also find more information on contents and resources to support the book.
The Homunculi was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2013, following 10 years of research and development. The Homunculi, (or ‘little people’), is a fun activity that builds social and emotional resilience in children and young people, aged seven upwards, and into the teenage years. It is particularly suited to those with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome who often have difficulty identifying troubling feelings such as anger, fear and anxiety.
The Homunculi are miniature agents with problem-solving missions and special gadgets who live inside the brain and help out with distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through inventing their own Homunculi characters and stories, participants in the activity learn to cope with their real-life social problems. Complete with a large-format skull poster, character and storyboard templates, and photocopiable record sheets, this unique resource includes everything needed to get started on making Homunculi stories, cartoons or videos.
This flexible, 10-week, CBT-based programme for individuals or groups will be transformative for psychologists, therapists, teachers and other professionals or carers working with children on the autism spectrum or with behavioural difficulties.
For a summary of the research and publications supporting The Homunculi, you may download a free copy of the article published in a special edition of Good Autism Practice.