Operation Green Heart$19.95, Paperback
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This is a book written for children to assist military and ex-military personnel and their families deal with difficult feelings that may have arisen as a result of their service including a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It tells the story from Max’s viewpoint of the trouble Max’s dad is having dealing with his angry and sad feelings. Together as a family they come up with a way to once again show their love for each other.
It uses the language of colour to explain and explore feelings and emotions. This helps the young reader to name in a simple yet effective way not only how they are behaving but also how others are behaving towards them. It helps them to identify, name and understand feelings. Being able to communicate in this manner to those important adults (parents) in their life means that they can be supported and empowered. Conversely, parents can also use the language of colours to describe their feelings to their children. This opens a two way door of support.
It is an excellent resource for therapists and counsellors working with families.