“After opening Oodles, I immediately saw how amazing it was and
quickly donated all other activity books to the playroom… In the
all too familiar sterility of a hospital room, the beautifully
created images from Oodles created a beautiful escape from the
reality of illness into one of imagination and future hopes and
~ Stephanie, mother of Patrick, 10-year-old leukemia patient
“Oodles of Doodles is just what the title says it is; an
excellent resource, filled with creative activities that can be
utilized whenever a hospitalized child feels the need to be
relieved of feelings of confinement, stimulated to be heroic or
simply express their true feelings.”
~ Bernie Siegel, MD, Author
“Oodles is an amazing book of activities that help the children
express themselves and gives them a much needed sense of
~ Joanne P., CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Seattle, WA
4/14/2015 – What other topics does the book include?
Response From Art with Heart: Oodles of Doodles features 38 activities and prompts that help children: gain a needed sense of control, use their imaginations to talk about their situation, understand helpful vs. unhelpful thought patterns, self-soothe, acknowledge their feelings, decrease feelings of isolation, guard against anxiety, and more. It helps lead them in a developmentally appropriate way towards emotional wellness.
4/14/2015 – What inspired Art with Heart to make this book?
Response From Art with Heart: In 1999, Art with Heart founder Steffanie Lorig met Hallie, a four-year-old who had suffered a life-threatening illness since she was 12 months old. Until then, Art with Heart’s work focused on helping homeless youth. But Hallie’s story resonated with Steffanie, who was often hospitalized a child. Steffanie began researching ways Art with Heart could help kids like Hallie, and after facing a number of shut doors, she had a dream about an extraordinary activity book that could help hospitalized children experiencing anxiety and fear. In 2002, the dream became a reality. Oodles of Doodles became Art with Heart’s first book. The project is a testament to the power of collaboration: the first two printings of the book boasted the talents of 97 artists who all participated free of charge, including Mary Grand Pré of Harry Potter fame. Numerous printers and paper mills offered their products and services at reduced or pro bono rates to create this vibrant activity book. Due to high demand, Art with Heart distributed 20,000 copies in the first three years, and then a Spanish version was added.
4/14/2015 – How can a book help kids through their hospital journey?
Response From Art with Heart: Children deal with pain in many ways and often don't have the words to articulate fears and anxieties about their situations. Artistic activities are a natural way for kids to express the inexpressible. Through creative exploration, children discover their feelings, communicate their needs, and release anxiety.
4/14/2015 – What makes this book therapeutic?
Response From Art with Heart: Oodles of Doodles features a combination of writing and art prompts to support pediatric patients as they undergo various treatments. 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.
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