Contributors

Tessa Daws (Clinical Psychologist, Art Therapist), Angela Liu (Mentor), VistaPrint (Merchandise Creation, Screen Printing).

Submission Date

2-5-2022

Resource Type

Collection (a group of items)

File Format

Zip

File Size and Duration

52.7MB

Abstract

Mindful Me is an interactive art therapy toolkit for children aged 5+ to colour, reflect and express their way towards positive emotional regulation. Encouraging light-hearted discussions between parent and child, the Mindful Me resources aim to help children understand and thereby, regulate their own emotions.

The toolkit is comprised of two-three resources that have been designed compactly to fit into a mailer box. The 40-page illustrated write-in activity book is filled with simple activities and exercises that tackle anxiety, sadness, and stress; children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and figure out how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing.

All these tools give children the ability to think and play in a non-prescriptive manner. To be able to effectively explain to children, complex therapeutic concepts need to be presented in an appropriate and engaging manner. Our design style is therefore full of colour, character, and the right amount of quirkiness, to stimulate engagement and curiosity. Children are free to use the tools of their choice and express their unique ideas and moods.

Note

Text accompanying toolkit:

The contents of this book were co-written and created by the authors in conjunction with Tessa Daws (Professional Psychologist and Art Therapist). Tessa provided access to real-life activities she uses in her practice. The activities were structured from evidence-based research and practices that have been outlined above.

Audience

General (G) - suitable for everyone

Language

English

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Recommended Citation

Daws, B., Johnson, D., & Carruthers, T. (2022). Mindful Me [Bachelor's Major Project, SAE Institute]. Creo.

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