Many children who have experienced serious trauma are withdrawn and closed off, making it difficult to engage with them in therapy effectively. This book offers a compendium of therapeutic activities that will help children who have endured painful abuse to open up, so that they can learn to express their feelings and therapy can be directed towards their individual needs.
From useful techniques for bridging memory gaps to using masks for self-expression, the innovative activities use mindfulness, art and play to help children feel relaxed and responsive. The activities require very little preparation, and use only everyday items that are easy to access and can be used time and time again. Case studies throughout offer a helpful demonstration of how the activities work in practice.
This is an ideal resource for use with children in therapeutic, home and school settings. It is appropriate to use with children aged 5-17 who have experienced trauma, physical abuse, sexual abuse, forced migration and severe neglect, as well as those with acute depression, anxiety and behavioural difficulties.
Dawn D'Amico is a psychotherapist who has 22 years of experience working with children affected by various types of trauma in different settings including in private practice, hospitals, and children's homes and refugee camps. She has worked internationally in Asia and Africa as well as served as a graduate faculty member at the University of WI. She lives in Wisconsin, USA
Introduction. Use of This Book. Section 1: Self-Expression. 1. Life Story Book. 2. Keys. 3. Magnifying Glass. 4. Fighter Fish. 5. What Are You Dragging into Your World? 6. Wish Upon a Star 1. 7. I Love Being Me. 8. Memory Clock. 9. Pie Chart of Emotions.10. Draw Brain or Circle of Head. 11. Feeling Words Game 1. 12. Heart Now. 13. What Color is Your World?14. What Color Do You Feel Today? 15. Confusion. 16. Pictures of Self.17. Upside, Downside, Inside, Outside.18. Building. 19. Birthday Clock. 20. Birthday Clock 2. 21. Cloudy Faces. 22. Sunny Day. 23. Cloudy Day. 24. Animal Kingdom. 25. When I Was Young. 26. Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red. 27. Memories. 28. The Elements. 29. What I Want. 30. What Else? 31. A Special Time for Me. 32. Clarifying. 33. Kaleidoscope. 34. Tornado. Section 2: Coping. 35.Umbrella. 36. Ocean. 37. Snail Shell. 38. Seashells. 39. Nerve. 40. Turning Back the Hands of Time. 41. Turning Back the Hands of Time Part 2. 42. Hands. 43. Full Body Trace. 44. Full Body Trace 2. 45. Feeling Words Game 2. 46. Open and Closed. 47. Comfort/Soothe. 48. Safe and Unsafe. 49. When Do You Fee l Like a Lion? 50. Pillow/Blanket/Soft-Cozy. 51. Stone/ Bumpy/Rough. 52. Rough. 53. Safe. 54. Inside. 55. Slay Your Dragon. 56. Orange Cone. 57. Container. 58. Tightrope Walker. 59. Tightrope Walker 2. 60. Clouds. 61. Birthday Balloons. 62. Ball of Yarn. 63. Ouch! 64. Help! 65. Lifelines. 66. Nightmares and Daydreams. 67. Why? 68. Boulders. 69. Times I Need. 70. Putting Things in Their Place. 71. Rocker. 72. Hiding. 73. Fear. 74. Faces. 75. Storms. 76. Ringing the Bell. 77. A Time When My Heart Was Open. Section 3: Positive Thinking.78. Mask of Me x 3. 79. Treasure Box. 80. Green Flash. 81. Clean the Mirror. 82. Garden of Grief. 83. Garden of Hope. 84. Wish Upon a Star 2. 85. Make Yourself a Star. 86. Luck. 87. What Happiness Looks Like. 88. Magic Wand. 89. Feathers/Tickle. 90. Lotus. 91. Key to Open the Heart. 92. Pandora's Box. 93. Bird's Wing. 94. Birthday Balloons 2. 95. Remember When? 96. Heroes. 97. Allies. 98. Kites. 99. New Chapter.100. My Family/My Caregivers.