Exciting news this week as not one but TWO of my books have been nominated for awards!

Earlier this year Routledge published my new children’s therapeutic storybook and adult guide, Maya’s ACE Adventures!

This set provides children (aged 7+) and the adults who support them with the resources to understand Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and demonstrate how speaking with children can foster healing and recovery from trauma.

Maya is a young girl who lives with her mum, her mum’s boyfriend and her pet hamster, Harry. She loves learning about space, playing football and drawing, but often feels very anxious at home and school due to the ACEs she has been exposed to. In the story, Maya is able to overcome her ACEs with the help of a variety of protective factors in her life – and with three fantastical adventures she embarks upon with Harry, that give her additional tools and keepers to use in her everyday life.

I am delighted that this vital tool for teachers, parents, foster carers, social workers and other professionals who are supporting children affected by ACEs and trauma is now a Finalist in the Teach Primary Awards 2023 under the SEN category!

Images of the covers of the Maya's ACE Adventures series of books
The Neuroscience of the Developing Child Book Cover
Teach Early Years Awards Finalist 2023

In December 2022 I launched my book The Neuroscience of the Developing Child: Self-Regulation for Wellbeing and a Sustainable Future, and it has become a must-read for anyone who wants to develop their understanding of self-regulation and how to apply this for themselves and others.

The Neuroscience of the Developing Child informs Early Years practitioners and primary carers alike, about the fundamentally important role of self-regulation (SR) in living a mentally healthy and fulfilling life. Packed with accessible information concerning the neuroscience of early brain development and real-life case studies, this book clearly demonstrates how to put SR theory into action in the home and across educational settings.

The tone of this book is set from the start, by an interview with Founder of the MEHRIT Centre, Dr Stuart Shanker – the leading light in SR around the world.

I am beyond proud that my highly acclaimed book is now Finalist in the Teach Early Years Magazine Awards under the CPD category!