“Ink About It inspires ‘tweens to write, draw, and reflect on
serious issues. From helping set goals to discovering the
difference between ‘assertive’ and ‘aggressive,’ this gorgeously
designed, interactive book takes kids on a journey of
self-discovery that will foster their emotional growth during the
sensitive period of pre-adolescence.”
~ Joan Cole Duffell, Executive Director, Committee for Children
“Ben joined our group as a 12 year-old who had no adjectives, no
way to communicate his thoughts or feelings. But with Ink About It,
Ben literally began to decorate his language. Ben couldn’t express
the helplessness, frustration, and anger he’d felt in words after
he had been beaten up at school, but he sighed in relief as he
finished his art piece, saying, ‘I feel better.’ Even though it’s
been two years since he joined my group, his mother begged me not
to stop the Ink About It group because he’s so much happier.”
~ Dena, Therapist, Sound Mental Health, Auburn, WA
4/14/2015 – What is the best way to use Ink About It?
Response From Art with Heart: The prompts are based on strength-building activities, so it can safely be given to a ‘tween to be used individually. But because this book contains useful therapies, using it within a therapeutic setting allows the greatest healing, learning, and engagement. The book is used by school counselors in one-on-one sessions or in groups. It is also used by therapists, social workers, Child Life Specialists, and others who work with ‘tweens.
4/14/2015 – What makes this book therapeutic?
Response From Art with Heart: Ink About It was developed in collaboration with educators, school counselors, therapists, and psychologists and features a combination of writing and art prompts to support youth as they develop understanding of themselves and their emotions. The content is based on a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, and art therapy. But these therapies are not readily apparent to the adolescents because of the engaging artwork contained in the book.
4/14/2015 – How can a book help ‘tweens through difficult transition?
Response From Art with Heart: Today’s adolescents face tough issues that deeply affect them – everything from cyber-bullying to foster care to gang involvement and beyond. Middle school is a pivotal developmental time and many face difficulties adjusting without guidance. Ink About It was designed to give kids a place to process overwhelming emotions that threaten to turn hurting, confused children into angry, broken adults. Through the artistic prompts, ‘tweens are given a natural way to express what they’re going through.
4/14/2015 – What other topics does the book include?
Response From Art with Heart: Ink About It features 45 activities and prompts that help ‘tweens: adapt and adjust to life’s ups and downs, recognize their support system, build an emotional vocabulary, understand the connection between food and mood, identify behavioral patterns, dream of a brighter future, and more. It helps lead them in a developmentally appropriate way towards social and emotional wellness.
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