Hearts & Hands Feedback
Here’s what people are saying after reading “Just Like You”:
“I was brought to tears after reading “Just Like You” as it conjured up the feelings of disconnection and isolation I felt as a super sensitive child with anxious thoughts. I spent the first part of kindergarten “hiding out” from the other Children because it was SO overwhelming. I now work with these Children and “Just Like You” will be a fantastic resource for my Kiddo Clients. Thank you Darlene!” Laurel Crossley, B. A. Child Studies, Life Coach, Parent Educator, Professional Speaker, Television Host
“An integral component in breaking the cycle of stigma is to create opportunities to increase awareness, and spend time teaching our children so that they are raised with an increased knowledge and understanding of the issues around mental illness, as well as an increased capacity for empathy. It is amazing to see a family so empowered who take their difficulties and pass on their learning to others, and to create an environment where positive change is not only possible but probable.”
Sarah Cannon, Executive Director, Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH), www.pcmh.ca Toronto, Ontario
“The book is absolutely brilliant, and you really hit the nail on the head. It’s the most accurate picture of anxiety I’ve ever read. I was a socially anxious child and wish we had a book like this when I was a kid. Thanks so much for putting this book out there.”
As a children and family therapist, the most common struggle that I hear about from children is worry or anxiety. The worry can effect their lives in very negative ways including stories they have about themselves being failures. The concepts in this lovely little book help children to separate who they are, their “self “, from the problem of “the worry”. This helps them to be able to look at “it” from a different angle and, often for the first time, to see possibilities of how to take steps to manage the worry. This book offers these important ideas in ways that children can understand, enjoy, and make use of. Karen Young, Manager/Trainer/Therapist, Reach Out Centre for Kids, Burlington, Ontario.
“Anxiety disorders are Real, Common and Treatable. As a mother, I appreciate Darlene’s quest to help her daughter be accepted just as she is. This book is a lovely tool to help young children focus on the similarities they have with other children and to accept the differences. If you suspect your child may have an anxiety disorder, I encourage you to seek the advice of a mental health professional who specializes in cognitive behaviour therapy.”
Geneviève Charette, Former Executive Director of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, www.anxietycanada.ca
“We received your books today. Thank you very kindly for your prompt service!
The book is wonderful in the way it tells the story, and the toolbox journal is a great idea!
The exercises are an excellent way to help put into words the feelings of anxiety and the various daily challenges, as well as helping to establish some coping mechanisms.
We are grateful for your help.”