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!