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Tools of the Trade: The ‘All About Me’ Map

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

'All About Me' Map

Working with children and their families is a very stimulating and rewarding experience. At the Quirky Kid Clinic, we embrace the uniqueness each child brings to our clinic and ensure all treatment and intervention is tailored to match the needs of each family. As clinicians, we use a wide variety of techniques and I’d like to share one with you.

The ‘All About Me’ Map

Engagement is a foundational and fundamental part of treatment. As clinicians we know how important it is to build engagement with a child before more formal therapeutic work begins. Research tells us that there is a significant positive relationship between the therapeutic alliance and treatment outcomes (Lambert & Barley, 2001).

My first session with a child is always about engagement, hearing all about them, the things they love, the important people in their life and the things they would like some help changing. Children often find it difficult to talk with a stranger in the first session and that is why we use our paper and textas to draw a special Map, all about them.

All About Me

This activity typically provides enough space for children to be open and engaged, as children focus on drawing and writing, with no pressure to make eye contact with the clinician, who is positioned alongside the child and offers assistance with writing if the child requires.

How it’s done:

The Map typically starts with the child being asked to draw a circle in the middle of a big piece of butcher’s paper and then to write their name and age in the middle.

From there, the child can draw a map, full of mountains, oceans, or all the things they love or places they don’t love so much, with each used as a discussion point for the clinician. Remember to be curious! General areas that could be covered include things that the child enjoys, extracurricular activities, school, friendship connections and supports.

Some questions I ask to help children reflect upon what they enjoy (and to add to their map) include:

  • If it were raining outside and you had to stay indoors all day, but you could choose to do anything you liked, what would you choose?
  • If it were a mum day, what would you and mum choose to do together?
  • Who do you hang out with in the playground, what do you do?
  • Is there anything important that I haven’t asked you about that needs to go on your map?

After we have completed all the things that the child enjoys or things that are going well, we might draw some waves or special areas that the child chooses, to include the things that the child would like some help with.

Questions I ask around are:

  • Are there things that you might worry about, what about at school, home, with others/friends?
  • What sorts of things might make you feel angry?
  • Do you ever feel sad? What about?
  • If you lived in a perfect world, what sorts of things would have to change to make it perfect?

This activity is also helpful in assessing things from the child’s perspective, garnering the child’s level of insight, assessing whether the child’s goals align with the parental goals for treatment, allowing the child time to express the things they might be concerned with and offers hope to the child that you understand them and can support them.

Our Tell Me A Story Cards are a great addition to this activity.

References:

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We’re Separating

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Yes, the Quirky Kid site and our online shop are separating!

We are very excited to introduce our new Therapeutic resources Shop – the Quirky Kid Shoppe. This specialist book and resources shop provides parents and professionals with unique therapeutic resources, including books, toys, games and cards for children, adolescents and families.

The New Shoppe Home Page

Quirky Kid New Shop

More than a Shop!

The new Quirky Kid Shoppe offer many advantages in relation to our old system and it is really easy to navigate. For example, you can find handpicked resources by the Quirky Kid Team. These resources will be changed and updated often.

Resources for Parent and Professionals

The Quirky Kid Shoppe will provide more than just resources. We will also comment, discuss and demonstrate new tool and approaches – simple visit our blog to see videos, interviews, photos, and instructions.

Below you can see an example of the grid pages view were parents or professionals can easily find resources. You can search by Issues, Resource Type or Target Age.

Shoppe Resources

Work in Progress

This major project involved a lot of work and dedication over the past 6 months and it comes as a response to many requests from parents and colleagues that often asked us about the resources and products used during therapeutic intervention and workshops at the Quirky Kid Clinic.

We still have some small details to go over, however, be sure that you will find new and interesting ideas here on the Quirky Kid Shoppe.

You can get access to the Quirky Kid Shop via: http://therapeuticresources.com.au} else {

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