Therapists’ Acclaim for the REPAIR System
REPAIR for Kids provides a comprehensive, honest and passionate approach for children recovering from sexual abuse. Children will benefit from this book, and be encouraged to continue on their recovery journey.
— Jill Osborne, Ed.S, author of Sam Feels Better Now
I wish I had had something like this a long time ago for my sad and shamed ‘little girl’ within. I can’t think of anything I’d change. You have covered it all and with wonderful sensitivity, perfect timing and terrific repair exercises. I love the cartoons and the colorfulness of your book as well.
— Marcelle Taylor, MFT
I found this book to be well thought out and written, and one that would be helpful for any child who has known the pain of sexual abuse. I wish a caring adult had shared this book with my siblings and myself, it would have helped ease our pain and sorrow.
— Michael Skinner, musician and child mental health advocate
5 out of 5 stars A much needed book March 15, 2009
By Maria Edwards
An American Authors Association review:
This is a much needed book for children who have been sexually abused. With delightful illustrations and a simply guided tour, this can be used by an older child by himself or under the guidance of a family members or adult friend. (There are instructions for an adult who uses the book to help a child.)
The author has set up a six-stage program which she identifies this way: Recognition, Entry, Process, Awareness, Insights and Rhythm. There are work sheets for the child to use in learning about their feelings, building self-esteem and optimism, learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy messages, learning skills to soothe the inner-child, how to reveal inner feelings through drawing, breaking free from false shame, cultivating self-care skills and practices, learning about boundaries and bodies, and how to return to the natural rhythm and flow of life.
The author has used simple terms and created easy tools to help any child work through the devastation of sexual abuse.
-Reviewed by American Authors Association member, Marilyn Meredith, a.k.a. F. M. Meredith, author of Kindred Spirits and No Sanctuary
August 19, 2008
By Anita Ann Rios-Sherman
I have to say the cover kind of threw me off; it is very childish. But, like it has been said “Never judge a book by it’s cover”. This books is amazing for children of all ages who have suffered this kind of abuse. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I wish I had this book in my early and late teens when self-doubt and hate plagued me. The book isn’t simply something for the child to read, it’s workbook. They can keep it can review it later when bad feelings come back. I would definitely recommenced this book, if for some bad reason I knew a child who was or had gone through one of these situations.
5 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for children June 4, 2012
I don’t usually write reviews but I needed to do so for those parents out there who are looking for a book to help their child recover from abuse. I bought this book for my son who is 8 who unfortunately had a 15-year-old family member touch him inappropriately over the Christmas holiday. I am working with him and this book is a great tool to help him understand that he didn’t do anything wrong and that it’s not his fault. We also take the book to his counseling sessions so if he is not opening up for the social worker, the social worker can see what we have uncovered while we were working together on the book. Excellent … highly recommended.
5 out of 5 stars Stories for Children Magazine – January 11, 2009
By VS Grenier
This is the second book in the Growing with Love Series designed to help children recover from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse. However, I felt this book could work in helping children who felt bullied move past the hurt feelings and build-up their self-confidence.
REPAIR for Kids is a multiple step program for children to tell, express, and move beyond childhood abuse. Adults using this book will find at the beginning instructions on the best ways to help children recover using this book. The program is non-abusive and helps children know and understand there are caring parents, adults, relatives, or therapists willing to help and listen.
The illustrations that accompany each step are fun and kid friendly. Giving a storybook feel rather than a recovery tool workbook appearance. There are sections where children are encouraged to write or drawn within the book itself, too. The suggested activities are fun and safe. They help build the child’s confidence with each step towards repair.
At the back of the book, adults will find other suggested books for reading and insight to way the author felt this book was important to write.
5 out of 5 stars A Valuable Resource February 24, 2014
Many children and young adults endure the stigma of being abused by a friend, family member, neighbor, educator or clergyman. All too often they hide their feelings, keep the secret of what happened locked inside hoping that no one will ever find out and promising the perpetrator they would never tell. But what happens when the floodgates spill over and the truth behind what happened to these children is revealed? What happens when secrets, lies and betrayals become realities and the child decides to come forward? Will anyone believe them? Will they understand or will they be shunned, cast aside and accused of not telling the truth? Repair for Kids is a resource that can be implemented by parents, guidance counselors, psychologists and medical personel qualified to handle these types of situations. The introduction on page 2 leads the way for parents and adults with how to use this resource and beginning helping the child. Repair: Recognition, Entry, Process, Awareness, Insight, Rhythm. When defined in more detail we learn that R-ecognition means telling the truth about what happened, E-ntry: making a commitment to work on the program regularly, P-rocessmeans learning the tools and exercises to make us feel better, A-wareness is finding the puzzle pieces, I-nsight is putting the picture together so we can see that it was not our FAULT in any way and R-htyhm means becoming our own person, SPECIAL AND WHOLE. The first question that has to be answered is: DO WE WANT TO BECOME REPAIRED????