“I wanted to let you know that this book is amazing. I am amazed by it. After I did some of the book, I felt better about my feelings. I had been very scared to talk to my parents about my feelings and I can now talk about my feelings.” ~ 10 year old, Lynnwood, WA
“My mother passed away. Before I did this book, I felt sad. After I did this book, I felt happier. It helped me with my problems.” ~ Dulce, 8 years old
“This book is marvelous. After I did this book, I felt marvelous. This book helped calm me down.” ~ Meghan, 7 years old, Henniker, NH
“Our youth are dealing with being in the foster care system, trauma, bullying and life, and are in need of additional ways to express the pain and hurt that they face. The youth are given ownership with the use of these books and are able to express themselves freely in a way other than just talking about it, which can be hard enough to do. The kids begin seeing strengths and capabilities through this new and open form of expression.” ~ Lynsey Parrish, MSW, Youth & Family Therapist, Cowlitz Indian Tribe
4/14/2015 – What other topics does the book include?
Response From Art with Heart: Magnificent Marvelous Me features 45 activities and prompts that help children: decrease feelings of isolation, recognize their support system, build empathy, recognize strengths, build an emotional vocabulary, guard against anxiety, and communicate needs, and more. It helps lead them in a developmentally appropriate way towards social and emotional wellness.
4/14/2015 – What inspired Art with Heart to make this book?
Response From Art with Heart: After the release of Oodles of Doodles to hospitals, Art with Heart began researching other ways to meet the needs of children facing difficulties through our unique, therapeutic books. We quickly discovered that siblings of seriously ill and disabled children are under-served. We gathered a group of experts on sibling issues who helped us identify issues unique to this audience. When the book was first released, school counselors and others told us that they weren’t using the book just with siblings, but also with children facing difficult family situations such as divorce, abuse, foster care, death, etc. To support this previously unidentified audience, we turned to Committee for Children, makers of the Second Step Program – a program that supports learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. We worked with Committee for Children to make Social / Emotional Learning (SEL) an integral part of our curriculum since these skills are essential to helping the kids in these situations. (For more information about how it integrates with the Second Step program, please download the Magnificent Marvelous Me / Second Step Crosswalk).Oodles of Doodles is an interactive book based on principals of narrative, cognitive, behavioral and art therapies. It’s filled with engaging drawing and coloring activities, and with age-appropriate questions that help children communicate their needs.
4/14/2015 – How can a book help kids dealing with family issues?
Response From Art with Heart: When one person in a child’s family is in crisis, the entire family is in crisis. Often, the emotional fall-out of the children is not considered and children can act out to express their needs. Magnificent Marvelous Me helps children give voice to complex emotions. Artistic activities are a natural way for kids to express the inexpressible. Through creative exploration, children can discover their feelings, communicate their needs, and release anxiety.
4/14/2015 – What makes this book therapeutic?
Response From Art with Heart: Magnificent Marvelous Me features a combination of writing and art prompts to support children as they face difficult situations. The content is based on a blend of narrative therapy and art therapy, but these therapies are not readily apparent to kids because of the engaging artwork contained in the book.
4/14/2015 – What is the best way to use Magnificent Marvelous Me?
Response From Art with Heart: he prompts are based on strength-building activities, so it can safely be given to a child to use individually. But because this book contains useful therapies, using it within a therapeutic setting allows the greatest healing, learning, and engagement. The book is typically used by therapists in one-on-one or group sessions, but can also be used by a caring adult in an afterschool setting.
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