Everyone expects a child to be affected by changes such as bereavement, divorce, adoption, fostering and relocation. But not everyone knows how it is affecting them, when it is affecting them or how to help the child.
Amanda is an experienced Play Therapist, enabling affected children to make sense of their feelings and find a comfortable way to express themselves and their worries through their natural language of play.
Amanda’s expertise and knowledge has not only given me ideas to assist my practice with clients but has also highlighted the importance of focussing on myself within the work which I am sure has made me a more reflective, centered and aware practitioner. Thank You Amanda!
Grace Bright Senior social worker at Children and Families Support Team Leicester City Council
I've found these days developed specifically for our team by Amanda as invaluable. I feel the work has facilitated me to look at my therapeutic work on a much deeper (subconscious) level and deal with the stress this work presents in a much more conducive way. I feel calm, contained and relaxed after the session, which in turn has led me to be a more thoughtful, productive practitioner and provide a better service for the children and families I work with.
Lisa Cross Mental Health Practitioner, Children and Families Support Team Leicester City Council
For me, as the Manager of the team, the sessions Amanda delivered for us have really helped the team to take a step back and to slow down from a busy role that is heavily influenced by social work culture and pressures. The different approaches used in the sessions, which allow creativity, such as drawing and talking or the use of clay, helped tap into the emotional part of ourselves and aided us to express what has been going on for us.
Neil Martin Team Manager, Children and Families Support Team Leicester City Council
I think this is a great little book, I imagine it being read in the company of a caring relative, friend or as in my case therapist. I will definitely use it as an extra tool in my work as an Art Therapist. I love the the fact that it leaves space to create your own version of what happens when someone dies and where they might go. A sensitively written story that takes the reader on a journey of colour and emotion, through a bereavement and out the other side.
Kate Hilliard Book: 'Isaac and the Red Jumper' Amazon verified purchaser
For parents and other adults who are supporting bereaved children, Amanda’s story is a gentle and intuitive way to open up a dialogue about grief. The questions at the back of the book are particularly helpful, providing openings and prompts for those conversations that are so important, but often difficult to begin.
Mary Kelly Book: 'Isaac and the Red Jumper' Amazon verified purchaser
This book is a fabulous tool to help kids cope with the loss of a loved one. The colorful pictures make a topic such as death relatable for children. You can't help but want to give Isaac the biggest hug by the end of the book!
Gayle Weisman Book: 'Isaac and the Red Jumper' Amazon verified purchaser
The pictures in the book are powerfully emotive and I bet viewing the artwork for real would be a real treat. Probably the most amazing part of this book is that, despite her fighting for survival she still 'lived' and was always looking for opportunities to enrich her life as well as using her experience to coach others and even working with art as a therapeutic tool and going on to be a practitioner herself. This book was an enjoyable and easy read which was hard to put down.
Jackie Book: 'Coming to my Senses' Amazon verified purchaser
I loved the flow of the story, going right back to childhood, and how so many people influenced her life, before and during her struggle. Her struggle was not only to overcome the cancer, but also coming to grips with the changes in caused in her body and in her relationships to the people in her life. This is a book well-worth reading for anyone suffering from a life-threatening disease - including life itself.
Birte Book: 'Coming to my Senses' Amazon verified purchaser
The terror of feeling that you have emotionally ‘lost’ your child is horrendous. Nothing we read or tried was working and although we understood intellectually why she was the way she was, that didn’t help us to either cope or to move through it. Amanda took the time to allow us to unburden ourselves as parents and there was a lot of that to be done in the beginning! Then she worked with our daughter. We feel that we've made extraordinary progress and cannot thank Amanda enough. I don’t quite understand how the process worked but some kind of magic seemed to happen whilst she played and we are extremely grateful for that.
Mother Therapy Client's Parent Daughter (8 yrs old)
This is a really simple, quirky and beautifully illustrated story that can be read with a smile. The suggestions for questions an adult could ask at the back of the book are more than helpful. A great book.
Ben Book: 'Isaac and the Red Jumper' Amazon verified purchaser
This book is brilliant for children who have had a bereavement. I found that the book helped the child to open up and talk about their loss more than anything else I have tried. The characters are interesting and engaging and the illustrations really got the child's attention and interest.
Hels Book: 'Isaac and the Red Jumper' Amazon verified purchaser
I have found the sessions with Amanda to be thought provoking and have had a positive impact on me as a worker and as an individual. I have gained skills and strategies that I’ve been able to use in my day to day work. The sessions have enabled me to get to know / understand my colleagues on a deeper level, which I feel has brought us all closer together.
Gail Newby Adoption Support Worker Leicester City Council
Happy child, happy home.
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