Hello Happy! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress; children w ill enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing.
Featuring the charming and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey, a UK-based illustrator. Her quirky pictures w ill keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring. Part of Mindful Kids, a thoughtful new range of activity books for children from Studio Press. Includes an introduction and notes for grow n-ups by consultant Dr Sharie Coombes, Child & Family Psychotherapist.
Dr Sharie Coombes is a former primary teacher, headteacher and local authority adviser w ho retrained as a child and family psychodynamic psychotherapist, neuropsychotherapist, solution-focused therapist, and specialist paediatric hypnotherapist. Alongside a busy private therapy practice in Brighton, she has worked part-time as a child, adolescent and family psychotherapist at the NHS Tavistock Clinic in London w ith adopted and fostered children, young people and families. She now works with the psychosocial team in the British Red Cross Refugee Support and International Family Tracing team. Sharie has 2 adult children.
About the Author
Stephanie Clarkson is a writer and journalist. She worked in-house as a features writer for The Daily Mail from 1999 to 2004 and was Deputy Features Editor for Woman and Home magazine until 2006. Since then she has worked as a freelance writer, dividing her time between writing for the children's market and continuing to contribute to the British press. Stephanie has written extensively in the health and wellbeing arena for titles such as Top Sante, Zest, Psychologies, Red, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Good Health in The Daily Mail. Mental health subjects she has covered include dementia, anger management, stress, depression, and body dysmorphia.
Over the past three years, Stephanie has been collaborating with leading fertility charity the Donor Conception Network producing a chapter book for DC children, creating resources for families and schools and refreshing the charity's picture book series. Such experience, coupled with the time she spends working with schools to help children unlock their creative writing potential, means that Stephanie knows exactly how to make the trickiest of subjects accessible to younger readers. Previous work on the Vlog It series (Scholastic) and Justin Bieber and One Direction titles (Centum), enables her to hit the right tone for tweens and teens.
'Written in consultation with Dr Sharie Coombes, a Child and Family Psychotherapist, the books in the Mindful Kids series reflect the growing concern around young people and their emotions, and focus attention on the increasingly popular area of mindfulness. Hello Happy! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress; children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing. We all know how relaxing it can be to doodle and colour and this book just provides that extra encouragement. It features the charming and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey, which will keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book.'
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'Everyone feels anxious, stressed, sad or angry sometimes... and kids are no exception. The modern world is a busy, full-on place and can leave children struggling to understand their conflicted feelings, and at a loss to know how to cope with them. Many schools are now introducing mindful techniques to the classroom in an effort to deal with childhood stress and anxiety, so it's perfect timing for these two beautifully and sensitively created activity books. No Worries! and Hello Happy! are the first Mindful Kids titles in a new series from Studio Press this autumn. The two activity books combine mindful activities with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) methods which have been developed in association with consultant Dr Sharie Coombes, a child and family psychotherapist. No Worries! is aimed specifically at young people who sometimes feel anxious or stressed. The interactive, self-care activities help children aged seven and over to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. The simple activities encourage children to think about their worries and the enjoyable exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress. Youngsters will find comfort in using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing. Hello Happy! by Stephanie Clarkson and Katie Abey is designed to help young people who are sometimes sad or angry, and encourages them to explore their feelings through effective and structured activities. Both books feature Abey's charming and quirky illustrations. Her gallery of colourful, eye-catching pictures and diagrams are subtly designed to keep readers entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring. With an introduction and notes for grown-ups by Dr Coombes, lots of discussion points for parents and children, and a fantastic range of activities, these books are ideal for both at home and at school.'
Lancashire Evening Post
'In today's hectic, tech-driven society, young children can often find it difficult to manage their emotions, resulting in anger, stress and anxiety. This brilliant new series encourages children to take some time out to help process their emotions.
Both titles use a combination of mindful activities and recognised cognitive therapy methods and have been written by Stephanie Clarkson in close consultation with consultant psychologist, Dr. Sharie Coombes. No Worries! Contains interactive activities for children to colour, draw and doodle away some of their anxiety and sadness. They can use their creativity to work out why they are having these negative feelings and how to combat them. Hello Happy! Focuses more on the emotions of anger and sadness felt by some children. My son certainly found some of the activities useful when trying to calm down after an outburst. The quirky illustrations of UK-based illustrator, Katie Abey will appeal to young readers as they work through the book or simply dip in and out.'
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