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|I Am Who? invites children into creative activities designed to enhance their well being. It is also a child's life book to be kept forever.
Cited by UNICEF as a “ Best Practice” therapeutic tool, I Am Who? invites children into creative activities designed to enhance their emotional well being. At the same time, I Am Who? is a child’s memory book to be kept and treasured for a lifetime.
I Am Who? brings hope and healing to the hearts of children. Each child creates their own life book, answering the question,"I Am Who?".
Author Janice Neilson, drawing upon over thirty years work with vulnerable children in ten countries, provides comforting and effective aid for children dealing with identity and self-identification issues, whether induced by loss and trauma or by ordinary life. Neilson’s book takes the child through increasingly deeper, uplifting arts activities including music, movement, creative drama, drawing/painting/collage/photography, story listening, story telling, personal reflection, poetry writing. Children love these activities and the illustrations by artist Diana Magnuson.
Although all children need nutrition, housing, health care, school and family support, they also deeply need sustained and effective psychosocial intervention. Studies confirm aid worker's observations that many vulnerable children experience depression. Programs are needed to help children acknowledge their loss of loved ones, gain a sense of self-worth and place in the world, and come to believe that they can and will have a future.
During 2007-2009 over 400 children - already receiving help with material needs - received the psyco-social help provided by this resource. over a period of one year. A formal evaluation found depression in the children dramatically reduced. In a typical instance, the number of depressed children dropped from 89% to 5%. At the same time self esteem increased from 9% to 90%.
|"This painting game makes me feel warm in my heart."
"I Am Who?" provides children a year of uplifting integrated activities including literature, art, music, movement, drawing, painting, collage, photography, poetry, creative writing, drama and personal reflection. The accomplishments captured in the book help the children to recognize their own unique gifts and skills, to acknowledge their losses, to gain strength from their memories of people who have love them, and to believe they each have a place in the future of a world that needs their contribution.
Adult family members, teachers, social workers, or counselors can readily use I Am Who? with school-age children in either group or one-on-one settings. A manual that provides the adult with a step-by-step guide is available.
"Whenever I open my I Am Who? book, I feel my father is close to me."
The book’s activities are especially helpful for children experiencing difficulty in their lives: children experiencing grief or loss, children of divorced or blended families; adopted children; children in foster care; immigrant children; homeless children; children with disabilities; children in counseling. Older children can enjoy the book on their own, as a unique journal/diary/scrapbook.
The accomplishments captured in the workbook help the children to recognize their own unique gifts and skills, to acknowledge their losses, to gain strength from their memories of people who have loved them, and to believe that they each have a place in the future of a world that needs their contribution.
"I love this imagination game. The tiny tree is growing with no sorrow or sadness."
Each section of I Am Who? begins with a creative activity or “game.” When the game has been completed, an entry is made in the book: something formed or found by the child, photos of the child on that day, thoughts from the child or adult about the activity day, etc. The activities and accompanying reflections are to be completed over time in order to allow children’s comfort with the process to grow, to involve family members in supporting the children’s efforts, and to allow children to create items or seek information to enter in their books. Because some subjects in the book are very sensitive, the children must be made comfortable at all times, offered the opportunity to express their feelings, allowed to move at their own pace and to substitute activities of their own choosing.
The I Am Who? book is the personal and permanent possession of each child and contains all activity information so that children have the option to complete an activity at any time in the future and to return as needed to this memory book’s evidence of their own resilience, which will help them to cope with hardships in their on-going lives.
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