Creating a book is a wonderful way to help a person express themselves and process an experience. When I worked in the hospital, I helped the pediatric patients create books about their hospitalization. It was amazing to see the child’s story through their eyes. They would add pictures, art work and words to their book. Parents and caregivers also participated in this, as they also had a story to tell.
When a child was discharged, they could bring their book home and continue to process what they went through. It was incredibly empowering. They also had control over who they would share their book with. Some even continued working on it at home.
Creating a Book at Home:
Here are some topics that a child may have experienced and book making could help support them.
- New Sibling
- Achievement/Goal Met
- New Home/Moving
- Traumatic Experience
- Natural Disaster
It is really easy to make a book. Using scrapbook materials, construction paper, markers and crayons. Or you can create it on the computer in a word document or through an online company such as Shutterfly or Blurb.